Fugitive defectors to China reserved about possibility of coming home
Central News Agency
2014-03-04 11:35 PM
Beijing, March 4 (CNA) Two former Air Force officers who defected to China in the 1980s are apparently no more eager to return to Taiwan even after amendments requiring military courts to hand over their cases to civilian courts. Huang Chih-cheng, 62, and the Lin Hsien-shun, 61, both now serve as members of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). Speaking Monday during the second meeting of the 12th CPPCC in Beijing, Huang said he is aware of the military justice reform in Taiwan, but said ambiguously that he would "respect Taiwan's judicial system." "It is not the right time" to return to his birthplace, he added. Lin, meanwhile, noted that he would almost certainly not be allowed to return without being put on trial. "Even Justin Lin can't go back," he said, referring to the former chief economist and vice president of the World Bank who famously defected to China with sensitive materials in 1979 by swimming from Taiwan's Kinmen County, where he had been serving as an Army officer. Lin Hsien-shun, who is now an officer in China's air force, said it is impossible for him to return to Taiwan if Justin Lin, who has made achievements in civilian circles since leaving the army is not welcome. The Kinmen Branch Court of Taiwan's Fuchien High Court has kept Justin Lin on the wanted list since taking over his case from a military court. Huang flew to the mainland in 1981 with an F-5 fighter jet, while Lin Hsien-shun did the same in an F-5E in 1989. (By Lawrence Chiu and Elizabeth Hsu)
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