Thu, Sep 25, 2008 - Page 3 News List

MOJ mum on news of top fugitive Wu Tse-yuan’s death

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

Minister of Justice Wang Ching-feng (王清峰) said yesterday she did not have any information on whether one of the nation’s most wanted fugitives, former legislator Wu Tse-yuan (伍澤元), had died in China, where he fled years ago after being convicted of corruption.

Responding to a local newspaper report on Wu’s death, Wang said the ministry would seek to obtain further information on the fugitive’s whereabouts in China and his alleged death.

“We would welcome any information about Wu,” she said.

DIABETES

Meanwhile, Wu’s younger brother, Wu Chin-lin (伍錦霖), a former deputy secretary-general of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and currently the vice president of the Examination Yuan, said that he hoped the reports that his brother had died of diabetic complications somewhere in China were “untrue.”

Wu Chin-lin said that he had not remained in contact with his elder brother since he fled and that he only received news of him through the former legislator’s children.

He said Wu Tse-yuan’s children had told him several days ago that their father was in critical condition.

FAMILY

The Chinese-language Apple Daily reported yesterday that Wu Tse-yuan, one of the country’s 10 most-wanted fugitives who was convicted of taking a bribe related to the construction of the Sipientou wastewater processing plant nearly a decade ago, had died of diabetic complications in China on Monday.

“If the news of his passing away is true, I appeal to the public to show respect to the wishes of Wu Tse-yuan’s family to keep the death low profile,” Wu Chin-lin said.

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