A fugitive linked to the 2004 election-eve shooting of then-president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and then-vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) was repatriated back to Taiwan yesterday, following his recent arrest in China.
Tang Shou-yi (唐守義), who allegedly remodeled the gun and made the two bullets used in the shooting of Chen and Lu on March 19, 2004, was escorted by Taiwanese police from Xiamen in Fujian Province, where he was located with the help of Chinese authorities after six years on the run.
Chen and Lu were shot while traveling in an open jeep during a campaign motorcade the day before the presidential election. They did not sustain any life-threatening injuries.
Following an official investigation, police identified Chen Yi-hsiung (陳義雄), a Tainan resident thought to be disgruntled with the president, as the shooter.
However, Chen Yi-hsiung was found dead in what was believed to be a case of suicide, and some remain skeptical that he was the actual shooter or that he acted alone.
Tang was identified as the person who made the bullets and modified the gun, and he later admitted to doing so. He was indicted in the case, but fled the country in August 2006 before his trial was over.
However, in a DVD sent from Macau the same year he fled, Tang said he had been forced into a confession.