Alleged 319 gunsmith repatriated, imprisoned
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The alleged gunsmith involved in the 2004 attempted assassination of then President Chen Shui-bian has been sent to jail following repatriation from China last week, a senior prosecutor said yesterday.
January 27, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
Tang Shou-yi, who is accused of making the gun used in the assassination attempt, is now imprisoned in Tainan, serving a sentence not related to the 2004 case, said the prosecutor.
The prosecutor, Chen Hung-ta, who is the spokesman for the Special Investigation Division (SID), declined to reveal what Tang had said after returning to Taiwan.
Chen was campaigning for a second term when he was shot and injured in Tainan on the eve of voting.
Investigators later identified the suspect gunman, but he had already committed suicide. Tang was named as the man who provided the suspected hitman with the gun and bullets.
Previously, Tang confessed to investigators that he did provide the gun and ammunition. But after he fled to China, he recanted, denying that he had anything to do with the shooting.
He was repatriated from China on Friday.