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President Ma masterminded the 2007 shooting of a KMT lawmaker's office, says a man jailed for the attack

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Former President Ma Ying-jeou and three others masterminded the 2007 shooting attack on the office of a Kuomintang lawmaker, according to a man who has already served a prison sentence over the crime.

Weng Bing-yao (翁炳堯), who was convicted of abetting the gunman, made the stunning claim to prosecutors on Thursday as part of ongoing investigations into the attack on the office of then-Legislator Alex Tsai, a member of Ma's KMT.

Along with Ma, Weng said, the shootup was also planned by Central Pictures Corp. (CPC) Chairman Gou Tai-chiang (郭台強) and his wife Lo Yu-chen (羅玉珍) as well as CPC Vice Chairwoman Chuang Wan-jun (莊婉均).

Weng said he had turned himself in for perjury, claiming he had lied a decade earlier when he told prosecutors that Gou had not directed the attack on Tsai — something he now says is true.

Gou is younger brother to tech tycoon Terry Gou.

Weng was sentenced to five years and five months in prison for his role in the crime and was released on parole in 2012.

Weng claimed he was promised NT$320 million for arranging a gunman to fire shots at Tsai's constituent service office on July 28, 2007, but was only given NT$20 million. He said that former Tainan City Council speaker Lee Chuan-chiao (李全教) served as the middleman, helping set up the job.

He said that the four directed him to plan the attack on Tsai, who as CPC chairman was in a dispute with Gou and then-KMT Chairman Ma over the ownership of the company.

Weng said he did not tell the truth initially because he believed "the court was owned by Ma" at the time.

The CPC was founded as a state-owned company. In 2005, the KMT sold its CPC shares, along with its Broadcasting Corporation of China and China Television Company shares, to a holdings company of the Want Want China Times after media company ownership by a political party or the military was outlawed. Tsai was appointed chairman of the company after the sale.

The holding company later refused to take CPC and demanded that KMT-run Central Investment Holding Co. buy back the CPC shares. After ensuring that Gou intended to acquire the company, Central Investment agreed to repurchase the shares, which it sold to Gou in 2006.

Tsai served as a middleman between Gou and Central Investment during this process, but he and Gou reportedly had a falling out in 2007.

Gou replaced Tsai as chairman but Tsai contented that the move was illegal as the Executive Yuan had suspended the registration of CPC at the time.

Tsai resigned from his post soon after the attack.

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