Wed, Nov 10, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take


■ CrimeConfession deemed a fake

Tainan prosecutors decided yesterday that Wang Er-chiang (王而將) was not involved in the March 19 assassination attempt on the president and vice president. Wang, an illegal Chinese immigrant, was arrested on Oct. 21 for his involvement in another murder case. He told prosecutors on Oct. 29 that he had fired the shots on March 19 because their campaign parade had interrupted his nap in a park. However, prosecutors discovered that Wang was likely making up his story because he could not identify many pieces of crucial evidence and he could not identify the location of the incident.

■ Judiciary

Ex-prosecutor impeached

Former Tainan prosecutor Sung Tsung-yi (宋宗儀) was impeached by the Control Yuan yesterday because he allegedly accepted bribes and damaged the image and reputation of prosecutors by going to hostess clubs. The Ministry of Justice fired Sung on April 29 after its Internal Affairs Depart-ment alleged that Sung had accepted NT$11.5 million (US$3.4 million) in bribes from defendants, including those indicted for murder and illegal gambling. Sung allegedly released the people who had paid him on bail. He reportedly ran some illegal casinos as a sideline and often went to hostess night clubs. Officials said prose-cutors in the Internal Affairs Department had photographs of him at such clubs.

■ Crime

Heroin found in cabinets

Coast Guard Administration officials yesterday discovered 2.5kg of pure-grade heroin in a cargo container delivered from China and arrested one suspect. The heroin was hidden inside several wooden cabinets in a container full of wooden furniture at a terminal in Kaohsiung, a coast guard official said. Investigations showed that the drug originated in China, the official said. The suspect was identified only by his family name of Yao.

■ Education

Qualification ceremony set

The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Examinations Board will hold a joint qualifications conferring ceremony in Taipei today for training programs provided at 10 of its affiliates around the country, officials said yesterday. The institutions that will take part in the ceremony include the Portal of University Resources under the National Taiwan University Innovation Incubation Center, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Feng Chia University, Aletheia Uni-versity, Lunghwa University of Science and Tech-nology, Shu-Te University, Overseas Chinese Institute of Technology and Yu Da High School of Commerce and Home Economics. The ceremony will be hosted by Sean Leslie, the board's representative in Asia. The board, which was established in 1887, is a leading global provider of vocational, business-related qualifications.It has more than 8,000 training centers and 5,000 qualification-examination centers in 125 countries, and there are over 80,000 people taking part in board-hosted exams every year. The board established its first representative office in Taiwan in July and has since provided a wide range of programs at its affiliates in the fields of marketing, customer service, secretarial and administra-tion as well as business English.

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