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`319' fugitive says prosecutor forced him to flee to China

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

A fugitive arms maker yesterday accused the prosecutor in charge of investigating the election-eve shooting of President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) on March 19, 2004, of pressuring him to leave the country.

"Prosecutor Wang San-jung (王森榮) called me [on my cellphone] at around 10am on May 19 and asked me when I would fulfill my commitment to leave Taiwan," said Tang Shou-yi (唐守義) in a phone call made to Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Chiu Yi (邱毅) during a press conference yesterday.

Tang, however, didn't provide any proof to support the accusation he made against Wang, who is with the Tainan District Prosecutors' Office.

Tang was imprisoned for fraud last year. He completed his sentence in May and fled to China in August.

Prosecutors had asked for a six-and-a-half-year sentence for Tang for making the illegal weapon used in the March 19, 2004, shooting. He was placed on the wanted list late last month for failing to show up for questioning.

Earlier this week, Tang retracted his original confession, claiming it was part of a plot fabricated by the police.

Tang said the findings of the so-called "319 shooting" investigation report were the result of a conspiracy between police and prosecutors and that he was granted release on condition that he would cooperate and leave the country.

Prosecutors closed the investigation into the "319" shooting last August, concluding that a construction worker, Chen Yi-hsiung (陳義雄), who was filmed standing near the shooting scene, was the sole perpetrator of the assassination attempt.

Additional reporting by Staff Writer

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