CIB arrests 3 suspects on smuggling charges
Police arrested three individuals suspected of being part of a "snake head" ring in three separate raids in Kaohsiung Tuesday night, sources from the Criminal Investigation Bureau reported yesterday.
After receiving a tip, CIB investigators, backed up by Kaohsiung police, arrested a Taiwan man surnamed Yen, a Taiwan woman surnamed Ho and a Chinese woman surnamed Chen at their residences. The three are suspected of having smuggled at least 40 Chinese citizens into the country with forged documents. In the raids of the three suspects, police discovered stacks of forged documents and certificates, including bogus marriage certificates, entrance guarantees for Chinese citizens, registration forms for immigrants, household registration papers, Chinese residential cards and travel documents.
Premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) said yesterday the operations of the National Communications Commission should not be affected by the constitutional controversy over the statute which provides for the commission's formation.
Noting that a panel charged with choosing NCC member nominees has agreed to select another nominee to replace Lu Chung-chin, chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department at the National Tsinghua University.
After the final nominee is selected, the premier said he will immediately present the list of all 13 nominees to the Legislative Yuan for confirmation in the hope that the commission can begin its operations as soon as possible.
The Central Election Commission will promulgate the newly redistricted constituencies for the next legislative elections by the end of November 2006, CEC Chairman Chang Cheng-hsiung said yesterday. Chang made the remarks when he reported to the Home Committee at the legislature on the progress of redrawing constituencies in line with electoral system reforms for legislators.
He noted that according to the constitutional amendment, the electoral system for legislators will be changed from the current multiple seats per constituency to a "single seat, two votes" format.
New policy proposed
A local economist proposed yesterday that the government relax the ceiling limits on China-bound investments under certain conditions.Currently, Taiwan businesses are forbidden from directing more than 40 percent of their total investments to China.
According to Taiwan Thinktank Chairman Chen Po-chih (陳博志), the ceiling limits can be relaxed if the investing businesses are not in debt in Taiwan, if they do not involve in any capital-labor disputes and if their scales of production do not rely heavily on the operations in China.