The China Times reported yesterday (h/t to maddog) that the government is going to abolish the Ten Most Wanted List, which contains a slew of KMT criminals who now reside in China. Think maybe the list focused too much attention on the number of major criminals who once held high position in the KMT?
Among the names mentioned in the article as being on the list are those of Chen Yu-hao, the accused embezzler who left Taiwan with billions, and Chu An-hsiung, who once spent $10 million US to buy the Kaoshiung city council speaker election, one of the island's most celebrated crooks. Both fled across the strait, where Chen Yu-hao is widely reputed to be China's single biggest taxpayer. Instead of the large rewards (NT$10 million) offered for the criminals, Taiwan is merely offering a paltry million NT.
DPP legislators claimed that the changes would demoralize prosecutors.
In related news, Yen Ching-piao is going to be paroled based on "good behavior" and time served. Yen, who came up through the KMT but was eased out of the party and eventually joined the Non-Partisan Solidarity Union, a party for local faction politicians, was actually elected out of prison at one point, where he was serving time for a number of serious felonies. Like many local faction politicians, Yen rose to power based on gravel and religion. He of course maintains close links to the KMT, and his son's wedding was attended by KMT heavyweights.
UPDATE: Forgot to add the clincher! Yes, Chen Shui-bian's detention was extended by another two months.
[Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums!