Yunlin speaker free on bail
Yunlin County Council Speaker Chen Ching-hsiu (陳清秀) was released on NT$600,000 bail and banned from travelling outside the country early yesterday morning. Chen was trans-ferred to the Yunlin District Prosecutors Office for interrogation after prose-cutors raided his residence on Thursday. He allegedly helped legislative candidate Chang Sho-wen (張碩文) by treating nearly 200 voters and supporters to a free dinner party on Nov. 5. Yunlin Chief Prosecutor Lin Chih-feng (林志峰) sum-moned 13 witnesses in the case but none of them was detained after questioning.
Prosecutors probe anchor
The Taipei District Prose-cutors Office yesterday said that TV anchor Chen Sheng-hung (陳勝鴻) may have violated privacy regulations. A woman who identified herself as Chen's former girlfriend has complained that Chen videotaped their intimate encounters without her consent. Taipei District Prosecutors Office Spokes-man Lin Bang-liang (林邦樑) said prosecutors have begun an investigation. Lin said the prosecutors will ask the woman to provide the video footage. She said she acci-dentally discovered the video footage and is worried that the tape will be made public someday now that she and Chen are no longer a couple.
Seoul routes allocated
The Civil Aeronautics Administration allocated Taiwan-South Korea pas-senger services between six airlines yesterday. The Taipei-Seoul route was assigned to China Airlines and EVA Airways and the Kaohsiung-Seoul line was given to UNI Airways and Mandarin Airlines. Far East Air Transport and TransAsia Airways got the Taipei-Jeju route while the Taipei-Busan line went to TransAsia Airways and UNI Airways. The airlines must file an application for an air-route certificate within a month and launch services within four months of the certifi-cate being issued.
CBS program lauded
A radio program produced by the Central Broadcasting System (CBS) has been rated as one of the top 10 English-language radio programs in the world for a second time by Passport to World Band Radio, an international short-wave-broadcasting maga-zine. "The Beauty of Tradi-tional Chinese Music," a program to introduce traditional Chinese music, was rated as a top 10 English-language radio show this year by the magazine. CBS chairman Lin Feng-cheng (林峰正) said the station will continue to produce quality programs. The program was named as a top 10 show in 2001.
European Parliament hailed
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday welcomed a decision by the European Parliament to maintain its arms sales embargo against China. Ministry spokesman Michel Lu (呂慶龍) was referring to a vote by the parliament on Wednesday to continue the ban on arms sales to Beijing which was imposed shortly after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. Lu said the decision shows that the EU still thinks that China has not done enough to improve its protection of human rights. The parliament said the arms embargo should continue until the EU has adopted a code of conduct providing legal restraints on arms exports, and until China takes concrete measures to improve its human rights situation.