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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff Writer, with CNA


Man asks for NT$1m help

A Hsinchu resident has turned to the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) to help him exchange bundles of damaged bills worth a total of NT$1 million (US$33,000) for new ones, the bureau’s Hsinchu station said yesterday. The man sought out the agency after a bank refused to honor the notes, which the man hid in a corner of his kitchen two years ago and which have since become moldy. The bureau said it would send the bills to its forensics unit for further examination. They will be honored based on the number of bills the experts succeed in restoring. Last year, an expert at the bureau helped a New Taipei City (新北市) resident piece together NT$200,000 in notes that had been accidentally shredded. The central bank later decided to honor the reconstituted notes.


Chinese gets life in prison

A Chinese crewman working on a Taiwanese tuna boat was on Thursday sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering his Taiwanese skipper in June. In a ruling, the Kaohsiung District Court said Li Qiping (李啟平), 38, a cook working aboard the Kaohsiung-registered Fushen No. 11, stabbed Chen Cheng-hsing (陳正興) to death and threw his body overboard on June 3 while the boat was operating on the high seas near Uruguay. Chieh Chun-fu (偕春福), chief engineer of the Fushen No. 11, phoned Chen’s wife in Greater Kaohsiung after he discovered the captain’s disappearance and was told by Li and other crew that the skipper had jumped into the sea himself. Chen’s wife did not believe this version of events and alerted the government, prompting the Coast Guard Administration to send officials to Cape Town, South Africa, to investigate. Li was brought back to Greater Kaohsiung for trial on June 27. He was also fined NT$2 million (US$66,600) for the murder.


Limits to be set on fund use

A proposed revision to the Charity Donations Act (公益勸募條例) will require charity groups to use donated funds within a certain period of time. General donations must be used by the recipients within three years, but may be extended by two years, the Ministry of the Interior said yesterday. As for donations for major or international events, the funds must be utilized within five years, extendable by three years, the ministry said. The draft will be sent to the Executive Yuan for review. Donations that are not consumed by their expiration dates would have to be turned over to the authorities, and they would be donated to the Relieve Disaster Foundation. The act was introduced in May 2006. Groups whose existing funds for major disasters or international aid will soon expire after eight years may be granted a two-year extension if necessary.

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