Tue, Aug 24, 2010 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan News Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

■ CRIME

Police sergeant arrested

Taoyuan prosecutors yesterday arrested a sergeant from Taoyuan County Police Department’s criminal investigation team and summoned a military prosecutor regarding allegations of involvement in an incident in which gangsters disturbed a restaurant during a wedding banquet in December. Taoyuan prosecutors said that Sergeant Wang Yun-hui (王雲輝), 39, had a quarrel with the waiters while having dinner with a suspected gangster. Identifying himself as a police officer, Wang allegedly said he would seek revenge by doing whatever he could to hurt the restaurant’s business. A few days later, Wang Po-yuan (王柏元), 30, a member of the Celestial Way gang, led a group of 10 to the restaurant, which was hosting a wedding banquet. They began smashing furniture and managed to disrupt the dinner. Five gang members were arrested. During the investigation, prosecutors also discovered that Yang Wan-yu (楊萬郁), a military prosecutor, was at the scene when the disturbance occurred, but he did not try to stop it. Yang was summoned as a witness.

■ HEALTH

Medics visit Nicaragua

A medical team organized by Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps is in Nicaragua offering free services to people in remote areas, diplomatic sources said yesterday. At a clinic last Thursday in Pantasma, which is a four-hour drive from the capital Managua, the team provided free ultrasonic services for pregnant women who wanted to know the gender of their babies. The 33-member team of specialist doctors, other medical personnel and volunteers then headed to Matiguas and Muy Muy in the north, where they set up other free clinics. The mission, headed by Liu Chi-chun (劉啟群), also met Nicaraguan Vice President Jaime Morales in Managua. Ambassador to Nicaragua Wu Chin-mu (吳進木) passed on the appreciation of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega to the team for its work. The mission in Nicaragua was scheduled to return to Taiwan yesterday after the five-day visit.

■ MILITARY

Veterans honor comrades

A group of veterans who survived a protracted Chinese artillery bombardment on Kinmen more than 50 years ago traveled to the island on Sunday to pay tribute to their fallen comrades. A total of 77 veterans, accompanied by Lu Fang-yen (呂芳煙), chairman of the 823 Artillery Bombardment Veterans and Friends Association, flew to Kinmen to attend a commemoration ceremony in honor of the soldiers who gave their lives to safeguard Taiwan against a Chinese invasion on Aug. 23, 1958. “I came to mourn my brothers in arms so that they won’t be lonely,” Lu said. “Although our military success secured peace in the Taiwan Strait for 50 years, the battle brought tragedy to many people on both sides of the Strait,” Lu said.

■ MILITARY

Air Force transfers hangar

The Air Force has handed over one of its hangars at Taipei Songshan Airport to the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA), which will use it to accommodate private jets as part of the country’s first business aviation area. Air Force deputy chief of staff Major General Han Geng-sheng (韓更生) told a news conference yesterday that the hangar was transferred last Wednesday “on loan,” although the transfer will eventually be permanent after related legal procedures are completed. “We absolutely support the government’s policy to set up a business aviation zone at the airport as long as it does not compromise the operation of Songshan Air Base,” Han said.

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