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Drugs questioning a 'misunderstanding': NTU

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- National Taiwan University (NTU) officials said Saturday that an incident in which guest researcher Gallet Sylvain was questioned by the police about a parcel he received from his parents in France and which police suspected of containing hemp seeds was "a misunderstanding."

"Everyone of the Department of Geosciences thinks the whole thing could be just a misunderstanding," NTU Secretary-General Fu Li-chen said, adding that Sylvain, who has been a researcher in the department for four years, lives a simple life and has a clean record.

Keelung City Police and the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau took him to a police station for questioning over the parcel Thursday.

Sylvain, who was released after being questioned by the Taipei Prosecutors Office, said the package actually contained lentils sent by his parents from France.

Fu said Sylvain cooperated fully with the police investigation, adding that NTU will decide how to handle the incident when the results of a lab test on the package are released.

Hemp seeds are classed as a class B drug in Taiwan. They do not remotely resemble lentils, a very common pulse used in a great many European dishes.

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