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Taiwan News Quick Take

STAFF WRITER , WITH AGENCIES

■ DIPLOMACY

Su to attend ally's funeral

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) has appointed former premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) to serve as special envoy at the funeral of John Compton, the late prime minister of Saint Lucia. According to a statement by the Presidential Office, Su, who is the Democratic Progressive Party's vice presidential candidate for next year's election, will also visit the country's two other Caribbean allies -- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Compton died earlier this month at the age of 82 after regaining power last December. Saint Lucia resumed diplomatic ties with Taiwan in May while Su was premier. In June, Su attended the Malawian first lady's funeral on behalf of Chen. Su is scheduled to depart for the Caribbean today.

■ JUSTICE

Wine counterfeiter caught

Public prosecutors in Tainan took a third member of a counterfeit liquor ring into custody late on Friday after seizing more than 100,000 bottles of fake French red wine and counterfeit foreign brand-name liquors. Earlier in the week, the prosecutors detained Wang Kun-chuan (王崑泉) and his brother Wang Min-tsung (王明宗) after seizing bottles of fake liquor from warehouses in Tainan County and Taichung County. The fake liquor included whisky carrying counterfeit labels such as Famous Grouse, Macallan and Johnnie Walker. Other seized products included fake French red wine and distilled spirits affixed with counterfeit labels of well-known Chinese brand names. Prosecutors said they suspect the fake products may have already made their way onto the market and they are trying to trace the potentially harmful products.

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