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Prosecutors place bomb suspect on wanted list

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taipei prosecutors yesterday said Chen Kuo-liang (陳國樑), a Tai-wanese citizen currently residing in the US and a suspect in the bomb threat on the Taipei Railway Station and the Presidential Office building last month, was on a police wanted list.

"Prosecutors are unable to subpoena Chen because, with no residential address in Taiwan, we cannot mail him a notice asking him to attend interviews, and because he has not voluntarily approached prosecutors to explain the matter. As a result, we have decided to place him on police wanted list," Taipei Prosecutor Chang Shao-bin (張紹斌), who is heading up the investigation, told the Taipei Times yesterday in a telephone interview.

Chang said Chen might be intentionally trying to evade the criminal investigation.

The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) identified Chen as a suspect in the threatened bombing of the Taipei Railway Station and the Presidential Office building on Sept. 1.

Police said Chen, 38, born in Taipei, went to the US in 1993, and was granted a green card in 2003.

He currently lives in Union City, California, where he runs an advertising and real estate business, the CIB said.

The threatening messages were posted on a message board on the Yahoo Web site in August. Police subsequently identified Chen through his online ID.

Police allege Chen posted a total of ten messages on the Yahoo Web site. The first four were allegedly posted using the Internet at Chen's home and his office in Union City. Five others were posted using Internet access at a Japanese airport, while the final post was made from an Internet cafe in Shanghai.

Police said the locations where the Internet was used and the time the messages were posted matched Chen's whereabouts.

Chen has insisted he is innocent of the charges.

In a story published by the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times' sister paper) yesterday, Chen said he had asked computer technicians to examine his laptop computer to see whether his computer had been accessed by other people who used his Internet Place handle to post the messages.

He told the Liberty Times that after the examination was completed, he would ask his lawyers to submit the results to Taipei prosecutors.

The evidence would prove him innocent, Chen said.

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