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CIB failed to repatriate fugitive

WANTED Huang Shang-feng, who allegedly hired two gangsters to assassinate a Kaoshiung prosecutor, may have bribed his way out of a Guangdong Province prison

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said yesterday that it failed to capture the nation's most wanted fugitive, Huang Shang-feng (黃上豐), because he had been paroled from a Guangdong Province prison before it could arrange for his repatriation.

In 1995, Huang allegedly paid two gangsters to kill Kaoshiung prosecutor Chang Chin-tu (張金塗) after the prosecutor indicted Huang's mother for trafficking heroin.

Chang survived being shot 12 times, but was disabled.

Huang left for China three days before attack on Chang. Police said he fled to Shenzhen, where he became a drug dealer.

They said Huang and other Taiwanese fugitives have smuggled drugs from China and Vietnam into Taiwan.

In 1998 Huang was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a court in Guangdong Province for the 1997 murder of a Taiwanese gangster surnamed Wu in Shenzhen. Wu had reportedly asked Huang to pay the US$1 million gambling debt he owed a Philippine casino.

"Huang was released on parole from a Guangdong prison in late 2005 and he is suspected of running illegal casinos and dealing drugs in Shenzhen with his gangsters," CIB Deputy Commissioner Kao Cheng-sheng (高政昇) told a press conference yesterday.

A story in the Chinese-language China Times yesterday claimed that Huang's family had paid Guangdong prison officials NT$130 million (US$3.9 million) to get him paroled after he served half his sentence. The newspaper also claimed that the CIB had failed in it efforts to bring Huang back to face charges.

"We don't know whether Huang bribed Chinese officials to win his release. We have no information about that," Kao said.

The CIB had tried to contact Chinese authorities about repatriating Huang, Kao said, only to learned that he had already been paroled.

Kao said the CIB suspected that Chinese security authorities had encountered problems contacting the prison authorities in Guangdong and that was why they had not informed the bureau of Huang's release.

He said the bureau would continue to look for Huang.

China has repatriated two of Taiwan's most wanted fugitives, Chan Lung-lan (詹龍欄) and Hsueh Chiu (薛球), in accordance with the Kinmen Accord.

The 1990 accord is a mechanism by which cross-strait illegal immigrants and criminals can be returned to their point of origin.

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