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Lien questioned over special funds
A task force in the State Prosecutor-General's Office looking into special funds for senior officials had questioned former Kuomintang Chairman Lien Chan and his wife on how Lien had claimed special funds while serving with the government.
Lien's meeting with the prosecutor was part of the prosecutor's investigation into possible irregularities involving the special funds of 75 former KMT officials, which was initiated at the request of the legislative caucus of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party.
Chief Prosecutor Chen Yun-nan said Lien was allowed to go home after answering inquiries from the prosecutor.
Appeal rejected
Taiwan High Court rejected Taipei prosecutors' appeal yesterday against a lower court ruling to release a suspect who allegedly wrote threatening letters to President Chen Shui-bian, his family and some lawmakers.
"It is unimaginable that the suspect will write more anonymous threatening letters to others after his name and deeds were made public and he is under the surveillance of law enforcement agents," the High Court stated in a verdict. Bail was set at NT$100,000.
Since it should be impossible for the suspect, Yang Chin-hai, to commit the crime again, it is unnecessary to take him into the custody, the court said.
Five-star service
A guest at a five-star hotel in the southern port city of Kaohsiung reported to the police yesterday that his car was stolen from the hotel's parking lot within three hours after he checked in the hotel last Saturday afternoon.
The guest, who refused to identify himself, complained of the hotel's lack of a security plan or sincerity to come up with a reasonable solution to the case. He insisted that the hotel compensate for his loss.
A hotel spokesman admitted that they did not verify the identities of the drivers when they check out of the parking lot with cards they took at the entrance, but said that it was a common practice for all parking lots in Taiwan.
Stately visit
President Chen Shui-bian thanked visiting Tuvaluan Prime Minister Apisai Ielemia yesterday for the country's steadfast support of Taiwan's bid to join the United Nations and the World Health Organization, and for speaking up for Taiwan in the international community.
Chen expressed his gratitude during a meeting with Ielemia and his wife at the Presidential Office, during which he also mentioned that Taiwan has several times dispatched mobile medical missions to Tuvalu this year, and said that he hopes bilateral medical exchanges and cooperation can be further strengthened.


Updated : 2021-05-10 07:57 GMT+08:00