Changhua prosecutors yesterday finally located Chen Chiao-ming (陳巧明), head of the Sun Moon Bright Light Group (日月明功) religious group, to question as part of their investigation into the death of teenager who was allegedly physically abused and starved by his mother and members of the group.
The questioning was still taking place as of press time.
Prosecutors announced on Thursday last week that they were investigating the death of 18-year-old Chan Chun-yu (詹淳寓).
His mother, Huang Fen-chueh (黃芬雀), who was detained last week, allegedly told prosecutors that her son died from taking recreational drugs, not abuse.
However, prosecutors said an autopsy found no signs of drug use, but that pathologists had found evidence of malnutrition, beatings and multiple organ failure.
Chinese-language media reports allege that Chan was locked in a small room, tied up with rope and repeatedly beaten with a rubber hose and bamboo sticks by his mother and members of the Sun Moon Bright Light Group, based in Changhua County’s Hemei Township (和美).
Also questioned by prosecutors yesterday were Hsu Ai-chen (許愛珍), her husband Lin Fu-peng (林甫朋) and a man named Liu Hsiang-yi (劉享易), all of whom are reportedly staff members of the Sun Moon Bright Light Group.
The three of them, along with Huang, have been listed as defendants in the case, prosecutors said.