Sun, May 06, 2007 - Page 4 News List

Police to closely monitor gang boss funeral today

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taipei City police said they will be watching the funeral of a gangster's father and are poised to detain mourners if any are suspects in criminal cases.

The funeral of infamous gangster Chen Jui-fung's (陳瑞芳) father will take place today. Chen, nicknamed "Dog Six" (狗六), is a Four Seas gang (四海幫) boss.

Police said in a press statement that gangs use funerals for relatives as an opportunity to show their strength and intimidate rivals by gathering as many of their members as possible for the service. In the past, this has caused security concerns and has been seen as provocative toward the police and a method of intimidating the public.

Police said they had contacted a number of "bosses" and asked them not to bring large groups of gangsters to the funeral, and they have agreed, police said.

But many gangsters can still be expected to attend the service, police said yesterday, adding that officers would question the funeral-goers in police buses to determine whether any are wanted criminals.

All attendants who are not detained for suspected involvement in a crime will be transported to locations far from the funeral service and released, police said.

In May 2005, approximately 10,000 black-clad gangsters, friends and family took part in the funeral of veteran gangster Hsu Hai-ching (許海清) in Taipei. Police recorded the funeral procession on video to identify possible criminals. The Bamboo Union (竹聯幫), the Four Seas and the Pine Union (松聯幫) gang members attended the service. No one was arrested.

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