Taipei prosecutors yesterday said they had asked Chinese judicial authorities to detain former legislator Lo Fu-chu (羅福助), who went missing days before being scheduled to start a four-year jail sentence for insider trading tomorrow, if he showed up in China.
Taipei Prosecutors’ Office spokesman Lee Chia-ming (李嘉明) said prosecutors had failed to locate Lo.
Lee said the request made to the Chinese authorities was in accordance with the Agreement on Jointly Cracking Down on Crime and Mutual Legal Assistance Across the Strait (海峽兩岸共同打擊犯罪及司法互助協議).
Lo, who was convicted of securities violations, went missing 24 days before starting a four-year prison term. Airports and seaports have been instructed by the authorities to be on the look out for Lo in case he tries to flee the country.
Lo was supposed to start serving his prison term tomorrow for violations of the Securities and Exchange Act (證券交易法) and the Business Accounting Act (商業會計法). He is also required to pay a fine of NT$6 million (US$203,400).
Lo is alleged to have once led the notorious Heavenly Way Gang (天道盟). As a gangster-turned--politician, Lo is alleged to be still using his mafia connections to influence politics and business. However, Lo denies he has any relationship with the gang.
His son is Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lo Ming-tsai (羅明才), in whose office a suspected member of the gang was shot dead in 2008.