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Prosecutors question MAC officials, search Chang Hsien-yao residence (update)
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-08-28 05:55 PM
Prosecutors reportedly went to the residence of former Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Deputy Minister Chang Hsien-yao Thursday to collect evidence in its investigation of charges that Chang had leaked sensitive information. They are continuing to question Chang regarding his explanation of what has been found so far while calling in other officials from MAC to make depositions in the case.

Chang went to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office (TDPO) August 25 on his own to present evidence regarding the charges against him. He stressed his innocence and denied that he had leaked anything related to national security. He said he had committed no crime and there was no danger that he would try to flee. Prosecutors have sealed the Chang residence and have reportedly searched for evidence related to the case.

On Tuesday prosecutors summoned Economic Director Lee Li-chen, Director of Planning Hu Ai-ling and Legal Affairs Director Yeh Ning at MAC to make depositions concerning their understanding of details in the case.

Chang was called in at 9am Thursday morning for a closed hearing that lasted more than five hours. Following the hearing, prosecutors went with Chang to his residence in the Dazhi area of Taipei to collect documents and electromagnetic data records in relation to the charges against the former deputy minister. With the investigation in full swing, investigators have been very tight-lipped about what has been uncovered so far. .

TDPO is now preparing to call in MAC Minister Wang Yu-chi to examine the approval process followed in handling confidential documents at the council. One aim in questioning Wang would be to determine how far up the approval process goes and whether it might involve higher authorities such as Premier Jiang Yi-huah, National Security Council Secretary-General King Pu-tsung or even President Ma Ying-jeou.

One sign that the investigation is gathering steam is a re-classification of the case and associated materials which indicates that TDPO prosecutors believe that Chang committed the offenses he is charged with but more evidence is needed to reinforce their case.

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