Sun, Jul 11, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

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■ Crime
Kidnapping suspect nabbed

The Coast Guard yesterday arrested Chang Fu-shun (張富順), the alleged mastermind of a crime group involved in a shootout that killed two police officers in Taichung last month. Chang was the last alleged gang member at large and was trying to flee to China from Tungkang Township in Pingtung County at 2pm yesterday. However, the fishing boat he was on was pulled over by a Coast Guard patrol boat acting on a tip that Chang was going to flee after monitoring the boat for days. The boat's Taiwanese captain, Chen Sheng-li (陳勝利), and his crew of eight were also arrested for helping Chang. Police were continuing their investigation and questioning as of press time yesterday.

■ Law

Copyright law tightened

All compact discs and books reproduced without authorization -- including those that were previously not adequately protected in Taiwan -- are covered by copyright laws as of yesterday, officials from the Intellectual Property Bureau under the Ministry of Economic Affairs said. Under the retroactive protection, video discs of old foreign movies and television programs produced by China as well as foreign books whose copyright owners could not or did not to register their copyrights in Taiwan, will be protected from illegal reproduction, the officials said. However, the officials said these protections will not be applied to the sale of second-hand foreign books.

■ Customs

Smuggled oysters seized

The coast guard seized 15,000kg of oysters from a boat near Kinmen that were being smuggled from China. The seizure represents the largest quantity of illegal oysters ever confiscated. The captain and three crew members of a Penghu-registered fishing boat were arrested. Acting on a tip, the coast guard intercepted the fishing boat off the coast of Kinmen Thursday afternoon and found 522 cases of oysters from China. The captain of the boat said he was hired to carry the oysters from a mainland fishing boat out of Weitou Harbor in Fujian Province on July 8 to Penghu.

■ Charity

Star aids storm victims

Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan (成龍) donated HK$1 million (NT$4.35 million) to victims of Tropical Storm Mindulle on Tuesday, the Government Information Office (GIO) said yesterday. The GIO received a letter from Chan addressed to its director general, Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍), in which Chan wrote: "I saw televised images of the damage Typhoon Mindulle wrought on Taiwan. I feel so sad and am very anxious. I really hope to help those suffering from losses caused by the storm. I'm donating HK$1 million to the needy as my small contribution." The GIO yesterday said it will transfer the money to the relevant government agencies.

■ Organizations

Delegation at conference

A delegation led by Francis Lee (李玉文), president of the Taiwan Junior Chamber International, is attending the Junior Chamber International-UN Leadership Summit in New York on Friday. The July 8-11 summit is being attended by the presidents of 123 national Junior Chambers International and was addressed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Lee and his delegation also proposed at the summit to raise US$1 million to buy daily necessaries for needy Iraqis.

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