Ex-deputy minister of mainland affairs freed after lengthy probe
Central News Agency
2014-08-29 02:48 AM
Taipei, Aug. 29 (CNA) Prosecutors on Friday released former deputy mainland affairs minister Chang Hsien-yao after lengthy questioning of him over allegations that he had leaked national secrets.

The prosecution decided not to request a court permit to detain Chang after a nine-hour questioning which lasted into wee hours of Friday. On Thursday morning, another session of questioning lasted five hours.

Chang has been accused of leaking secrets while serving in the important Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) post. As part of their investigation, prosecutors searched seven locations on Thursday, including his home, the Taipei District Prosecutors Office said.

On Monday, Chang went to the prosecutors office of his own accord to offer information in the case against him.

The prosecutors office also 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 February 2012. (By S.C.Chang)

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