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Head of Sun Moon Lake fishermen association held over alleged threats

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The head of the Fishermen's Association of Sun Moon Lake Chang Chien-ren (張乾任) and two suspects were detained yesterday by Nantou prosecutors over allegations of instigating people to occupy land by force and intimidation.

The Nantou District Prosecutors Office said, given that Sun Moon Lake is a popular destination among mainland Chinese, Chang, his female friend surnamed Tai and an accomplice surnamed Wang cast a greedy eye on business opportunities in the scenic area, allegedly using Chang's local connections and his influence with gangsters to form a crime ring.

A prosecutor said Chang in 2012 and 2013 allegedly abet 13 people including Wang in threatening victims verbally and physically as well as occupying the victims' restaurants and camping business by force.

The prosecutor said Chang's illegal income likely exceeds at least NT$10 million.

A task force under the Nantou District Prosecutors Office on Wednesday dispatched over 100 police officers to search several places at Sun Moon Lake scenic area, and arrested 15 people including Chang.

Police also discovered a gas pistol, an air gun and a fishing gun, the prosecutor said, adding that the Nantou prosecutors are currently investigating if any other suspects or victims are involved in the case.

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