Chang An-le (張安樂), a former leader of the Bamboo Union gang who fled to China years ago, has been issued a permit to enter Taiwan, where he may be arrested on arrival, but he will not be able to use it to travel to a third country, Minister of the Interior Lee Hong-yuan (李鴻源) said yesterday.
“We have decided to issue him a permit to enter Taiwan, but it would not allow him to enter a third country,” Lee said in response to reporters’ inquiries.
Citing sources within the Criminal Investigation Bureau, the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper) yesterday said that Chang could use the travel document issued by Taipei to apply for entry permits for other countries, but Lee and National Immigration Agency officials dismissed the report.
“The National Police Agency is keeping an eye on Chang’s whereabouts in China and the ministry is negotiating with Chinese authorities for his arrest,” Lee said. “The best option is that we arrest Chang in China and escort him back to Taiwan, but we’re still talking with the Chinese authorities about it.”
“In the worst-case scenario, law enforcement personnel would arrest Chang as soon as he steps off a flight at an airport in Taiwan. The Chinese police will keep us informed should Chang board a flight to Taiwan,” Lee said.
Chang, also known as the “White Wolf,” has been on the wanted list since 1996, when he fled to China.
Chang expressed the wish to return to Taiwan last week, saying that he had nothing to worry about now that his mother — who lived with him in China — had passed away.
While Chang still holds Republic of China citizenship, his household registration in Taiwan was voided when he obtained a People’s Republic of China passport, as stipulated by the Act Governing Relations Between the Peoples of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (台灣地區與大陸地區人民關係條例), which is why he must apply for an entry permit to Taiwan like an overseas citizen, an immigration official said.
Chang’s family collected the entry permit on Chang’s behalf yesterday afternoon, the official said.