Ex-MAC deputy questioned, has residence searched (update)
Central News Agency
2014-08-28 09:45 PM
Taipei, Aug. 28 (CNA) Prosecutors continued their questioning of Chang Hsien-yao, the ousted ex-deputy minister of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), into the late hours Thursday, bringing his time talking to authorities as a defendant to nearly 10 hours as of 9 p.m. Chang, who has been accused of leaking secrets while serving in the important post, had been questioned for about five hours earlier in the day before prosecutors brought him along on searches of seven locations, including his home, the Taipei Prosecutors Office said.

Chang was brought back to the prosecutors office for more questions at about 5 p.m. and had not left as of four hours later. On Monday, Chang went to the prosecutors office of his own accord to offer information in the case against him. The prosecutors office summoned the MAC's Lee Li-jane, chief of the council's Department of Economic Affairs, Policy Planning chief Hu Ai-ling and Legal Affairs chief Yeh Ning as witnesses on Tuesday night. Chang was forced to resign Aug. 16, and the MAC later disclosed that he was being investigated for allegedly leaking information related to Taiwan's China policy. Until his removal, Chang was Taiwan's deputy chief negotiator with China since February. Chang became a deputy MAC minister in Feb. 2012. (By Page Tsai, Jay Chen and Kuo Chung-han)

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