ATV boss Lim Por-yen, facing investigation over an alleged bribery scandal, was resting in hospital yesterday following his release from prison on NT$10 million bail (HK$2.2 million). The 83-year-old head of Lai Sun Group left Taipei District Court for the Cheng Hsing Rehabilitation Medical Centre after his wife, Yu Po-chu, and defence lawyers posted the bail money. He was to receive a full medical check-up for a heart condition he developed while in Taipei Detention Centre since December 16, family members said. Mr Lim's former daughter-in-law, Taiwan actress Hsieh Ling-ling, and Wang Yu, an actor and close friend of Ms Hsieh's ex-husband Lam Kin-ngok were also at the courthouse to welcome his release. Mr Lim's family had to make a last-minute effort to come up with the cash after the judge's bail ruling yesterday afternoon. The prosecution originally recommended bail of only NT$1 million. Mr Lim's chief defence lawyer, Yeh Chien-chao, said he had asked the court to lift restrictions on Mr Lim's movements in Taiwan pending results of an investigation into allegations made against him. Under the terms of his release, Mr Lim is only able to stay at his Taipei residence after checking out of the hospital. Mr Lim was detained by Investigation Bureau agents at Taipei's airport on December 16. He was targeted by a court investigation into allegations that a Taipei County Government land administration official had solicited and received millions of American dollars in bribes from Mr Lim. Mr Lim's release attracted so much media attention in Hong Kong and Taiwan that several cameramen got into a fight outside the courthouse yesterday afternoon. When Taiwanese cameramen shouted obscenities at their Hong Kong counterparts, a frightened Mr Lim apparently thought the remarks were directed at him and turned back into the courthouse. He emerged after the Taiwanese cameramen decided not to film and left.