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PHOTO: WANG YI-CHE, TAIPEI TIMES
Although Cheng's family was rumored to have paid a NT$25,000,000 (US$800,000) ransom, the family denies paying any such fee, the police said.
Cheng told police that the kidnappers did not abuse him. They gave him food, and let him take a shower several times during the 10-day ordeal. Tsai said Cheng is in good health.
According to police, late on the night of June 1, Cheng left his residence by scooter to go visit friends. Twenty minutes later, Cheng's wife received a phone call from one of the kidnappers, asking for a NT$100 million ransom payment.
Police said that after receiving immediate notification from the family, they found Cheng's scooter knocked over on a road near his residence.
Cheng told police a car intentionally hit him, and that kidnappers than put him in the car and took him to a house. He was kept tied up -- with his eyes and mouth covered -- for most of the next 10 days.
Cheng told police the kidnappers told him to pay up his debt of NT$8 million, but Cheng responded that he didn't owe anyone money.
On Friday night, Cheng was driven by car to Kaohsiung County and released. Cheng went home yesterday morning by himself.
Local newspapers said Cheng and Yen Ching-piao (顏清標), the chairman of Jenlan Temple in Tachia, Taichung County and also a legislator, have a very close relationship.
Both Yen and Cheng have criminal records. They were charged with forgery and breach of trust for misappropriating property from Jenlan Temple, and the case is still under investigation.
Local newspapers said that during the kidnapping, Yen and another unidentified person tried to bypass the police in order to communicate directly with the kidnappers.
Chinese-language newspapers have alleged that they tapped gang connections to rescue Cheng. Cheng's family paid a ransom, but they did not want police to investigate, because shady business disputes may have been connected to the kidnapping, the reports said.
One report said that police were bothered by the way "gang members dealt with other gang members."
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