Fri, Nov 21, 2008 - Page 4 News List

Taiwan News Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

■ POLITICS

Former treasurer released

Former presidential treasurer Chen Chen-hui (陳鎮慧), who has been detained since Sept. 25 in connection with the “state affairs fund” case, was released yesterday afternoon after being questioned by the Supreme Prosecutor Office’s Special Investigation Panel (SIP). SIP Spokesman Chen Yun-nan (陳雲南) said the reason to detain Chen Chen-hui no longer existed, so prosecutors decided to release her. Chen Yun-nan did not elaborate. Chen Chen-hui was the first detainee in the prosectuors’ investigation into former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) suspected role in a case of alleged embezzlement and money-laundering. She was never indicted.

■ FISHERIES

NZ looking for 29 fishermen

The New Zealand Air Force began searching yesterday for 29 fishermen whose burned-out boat was found floating near the Phoenix Islands in Kiribati earlier this month. An initial search for the Taiwanese vessel failed to find any sign of the fishermen after New Zealand Orion aircraft covered about 30 percent of the 54,000km² search area, rescue officials said. The search is scheduled to resume today after the aircraft refuels in Samoa, Rescue Coordination Center spokesman Ross Henderson said. The burned-out fishing boat, the Ta Ching 21, was found deserted but still afloat by a South Korean fishing vessel on Nov. 9. A search of the boat revealed three life rafts and a rescue boat were missing, raising hopes the crew had been able to safely abandon the vessel, Henderson said. The last radio transmission from the fishing boat — crewed by Taiwanese, Chinese, Filipinos and Indonesians — was on Oct. 28 and there was no indication of problems. Air Commodore Gavin Howse said the air force was advised of the missing men on Monday.

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