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Prosecutors hope to track down Chu

ARREST WARRANT In a black eye for the nation's efforts to root out `black gold,' Chu An-hsiung failed to turn himself in to the authorities to begin his jail sentence

By Cody Yiu and Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTERS

The Kaohsiung District Prosecutor's Office issued an all-points bulletin for former Kaohsiung City Council speaker Chu An-hsiung (朱安雄) after he failed to turn himself in by 3pm yesterday.

"The Kaohsiung District Prosecutors' Office has co-ordinated the Ministry of Justice's Investigation Bureau, the National Police Administration (NPA), the Ministry of Justice's Investigation Bureau, armed forces and Coast Guard Administration to form a search squad," said Hsu Ing-shen (許應深), political vice minister of the Ministry of the Interior.

According to the arrest warrant issued for Chu last Friday, he was supposed to turn himself in at the Kaohsiung District Prosecutor's Office by 3pm yesterday.

NPA Deputy Director-General Hsieh Yin-tang (謝銀黨) said the warrant will be posted at airports, harbors and bus stations as well as on street posts.

The NPA has also informed the International Criminal Police as well as the Straits Exchange Foundation of Chu's warrant and has asked for the world's help in bringing Chu to justice.

Hsu said he had not heard of the rumor that Taiwanese businessmen had seen Chu at a hotel in Zhuhai, China.

Premier Yu Shyi-kun yesterday asked the Ministry of Justice to strengthen communication between prosecutors and law enforcement officers in a bid to prevent similar occurrences.

"The incident has seriously tarnished the image of the judicial system," Cabinet Secretary-General Liu Shih-fang (劉世芳) quoted Yu as saying yesterday.

Liu added that the government would not rule out amending existing laws to ensure people convicted of crimes report to the authorities to start their jail term.

A Cabinet official who asked not to be named, however, told the Taipei Times that he doubted that monitoring convicts before they start their sentence was feasible.

"It clearly violates individual liberties and human rights," the official said.

Liu also called on Chu to accept his fate and legal punishment.

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