Hon Hai denies any ties to suspect in failed bombings

Taipei, April 17 (CNA) Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. has dismissed reports suggesting that last week's failed bombing attempts in Taiwan were linked to the main suspect's animosity for Hon Hai Group Chairman Terry Gou. Citing unnamed police sources, local media reported that Hu Tsung-hsien, one of the two suspects in the bombing cases, harbored grievances against Gou after losing a lawsuit against the Hon Hai Group head. The reports speculated that Hu might have planted bombs outside Kuomintang Legislator Lu Chia-chen's office to vent his anger at the lawmaker, who reportedly invited Gou to take part in a recent street procession around New Taipei in honor of the Taoist deity Guan Gong. "None of the reports are true," Hon Hai spokesman Simon Hsing said Wednesday. The company has done a thorough check and found that Gou has never been involved in litigation with Hu in either a personal or corporate capacity, Hsing said. "We hope media outlets will refrain from reporting any unfounded speculation that might affect the investigation into the case," Hsing said. Prosecutors believe that Hu and suspected accomplice Chu Ya-tung fled to China's Guangdong Province on April 12 soon after planting four bombs, two on a high speed rail train and two others outside the KMT lawmaker's office. None of them exploded. The two men were arrested with the help of the Chinese authorities and brought back to Taiwan Tuesday. The New Taipei District Court granted a prosecutors' request Wednesday to hold the two suspects incommunicado pending further investigation into their suspected offenses, which include attempted manslaughter, violation of a firearms control act and intimidation. If convicted, the duo could be subject to minimum 10-year prison terms. (By Pan Chih-yi, Wang Chao-yu and Sofia Wu)