Fri, Apr 29, 2005 - Page 3 News List

Bamboo Union member detained

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Former head of the Bamboo Union's Tiger Division, Chu Chia-hsun, shown here on Wednesday, is being detained for inciting violence at CKS International Airport on Tuesday.


Bamboo Union (竹聯幫) gangster and pan-blue supporter Chu Chia-hsun (朱家訓) was ordered detained by the Taoyuan District Court yesterday for allegedly directing gangsters to attack pan-green supporters at CKS International Airport on Tuesday.

"Prosecutors applied for the court to hold Chu in custody because he has repeatedly lead alleged gangsters in creating trouble at pan-blue camp rallies," Chiang Kuei-chang (姜貴昌), spokesman for Taoyuan Prosecutors' Office, said yesterday.

"Chu is likely to flee if he is released, so prosecutors decided to apply to hold him in custody," Chiang said.

Police said their investigation into the airport clashes showed that many young gangsters were there.

Chu's ex-wife, Wang Lan (王蘭), spokeswoman for the Grand Alliance to Safeguard the Republic of China, allegedly lead gangsters at the airport, but she left the country immediately after the clashes. She is the former head of the Bamboo Union's Tiger Division's (虎堂) Phoenix Corps (虎鳳隊).

Police said Chu, the former head of the Tiger Division, and Wang have led gangsters to join most of the pan-blue camp's rallies since the presidential election in March last year.

Chu was arrested after reportedly leading a riot at a pan-blue rally on April 10 last year. At that time the Taipei Prosecutors' Office applied to keep him in custody, but the court finally released him on NT$30,000 bail.

Police said Wang led a group of dozens of gangsters to the Taipei Prosecutors' Office when prosecutors questioned Chu there last year, but they did not cause trouble.

Another member of the Grand Alliance to Safeguard the Republic of China, Lin Da-tsung (林大慶), was released on NT$10,000 bail yesterday after being arrested for leading alleged gangsters to attack pan-green supporters at the airport on Tuesday.

Police said the young gangsters lead by Chu and Wang identify themselves by dressing in black.

The Bamboo Union is one of the country's major crime gangs and is composed largely of Mainlanders.

In October 2003 Wang and Chu were arrested for organizing the nation's first all-female gang, the Phoenix Corps, consisting of more than 100 young women, mostly high-school students.

Police have said Wang and other corps members are brutal and cold-hearted. They said Wang had ordered one girl who wanted to quit the group to be stripped naked, dragged out into the street and humiliated.

Police said the Tiger Division is involved in extortion, drugs and pirated VCDs while the Phoenix Corps focused on extortion.

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