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Police looking for La New Bears coach's kidnappers

STAFF WRITER

La New Bears coach Lin Kuang-hung speaks at a press conference in Taipei yesterday.

PHOTO: LIU HSIN-TE,TAIPEI TIMES

Investigators yesterday said that they were looking for three men who allegedly kidnapped and threatened the baseball coach of La New Bears, telling him to throw the game in the play-off on Oct. 25.

La New Bears, however, beat the President Lions 7-3 in Game 4 of the 2006 Taiwan Series, winning their first ever league title.

La New's coach, Lin Kuang-hung (林光宏), last night reported to the National Police Agency's Criminal Investigation Bureau that three men had kidnapped him at gunpoint on Oct. 20 and offered him NT$200,000 (US$6,051) to rig the game because they had collected a large amount of money from gamblers bidding on the game.

Bureau Deputy Commissioner Kao Cheng-sheng (高政昇) said that Lin was held for over five hours before he was released.

The entire process was apparently recorded on tape and made into a VCD, Kao said.

TVBS, which received a copy of the VCD in the mail yesterday, showed a clip from the video of Lin being threatened by the gangsters.

Kao said Lin immediately contacted his team manager and the league after the VCD was released and denied that he had taken any money from the gangsters.

Lin said he did not disclose the matter earlier because he did not want to upset team members before their upcoming game in Japan.

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