Police officer indicted
Nantou County Police officer Lo Chih-pin (羅志聘) was indicted yesterday on suspicions of growing marijuana at three different locations. Nantou prosecutors said Lo and two friends, Huang Kuo-kung (黃國恭) and Chien Hung-chi (簡宏吉), were suspected of cultivating marijuana — a class-two drug — in Puli (埔里) and Guoshing (國姓) township of Nantou County, as well as in Greater Taichung. The plants were grown on rented property in Nantou County and at a rented apartment in Taichung, prosecutors said. Investigators on May 14 raided the three locations, seizing a total of 1,043 marijuana plants. Prosecutors said growing class-two drugs can result in a minimum sentence of five years in prison. As Lo was a law enforcement official, his sentence could be steeper and result in a maximum sentence of seven-and-a-half-years imprisonment.
MAC minister visits Europe
Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Lai Shin-yuan (賴幸媛) is visiting Europe to meet with EU officials and academics. The minister, accompanied by several council officials, arrived in Vienna on Sunday for a transit stop on her way to Brussels. Representative to Austria Chen Lien-gene (陳連軍) greeted Lai at the Vienna airport. During her stay in Brussels, Lai will meet leading Belgian and EU political figures, said Shih Hsiao-chuan, a council secretary who is accompanying Lai on her visit. Lai will also travel to London to attend an international seminar on cross-strait relations in the era of globalization. The seminar will be organized by the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.