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Questioning of ex-minister, aide continues into late night
Central News Agency
2014-08-28 11:26 PM
Taipei, Aug. 28 (CNA) Prosecution questioning of former deputy mainland affairs minister Chang Hsien-yao and his aide Chen Hung-yi continued into late Thursday as reporters waited for a decision on whether prosecutors will release them or request a permit to detain them. Chang, Chen and two others were being probed over allegations that Chang had leaked classified information to China when he served as a lead negotiator in talks with China before being removed Aug. 16. Chang 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 District 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 11:20 p.m. On Monday, Chang went to the prosecutors office of his own accord to offer information in the case against him. The prosecutors 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, Lin Chang-shun and Kuo Chung-han)
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