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Su Jia-chyuan family says ancestral grave now legal

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- An ancestral grave belonging to ex-Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Secretary-General Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) is now fully legal, confirmed Su's nephew yesterday.

On the presidential campaign trail in 2011, Su faced public scrutiny over the location of his family's ancestral grave.

Fourteen ping of the ancestral tomb sits on land owned by Changzhi Township (長治鄉) and Linluo Township (麟洛鄉) of Pingtung County, announced then-Kuomintang Legislator Chiu Yi (邱毅) in September. The remainder occupies a parcel of Su's own farmland, in violation of zoning laws ordering that farmland should be used exclusively for agriculture.

Responding to recent local reports that the tomb is missing, Su's nephew said his household removed it from public property last November.

The ancestral grave now sits entirely on private farmland, which has been rezoned for burial use, said Su's nephew Su Chen-ching (蘇震清), a major opposition party lawmaker.

The grave is now fully legal, and all related fines have been paid in compliance with the "Regulation on Funeral and Burial Administration" (殯葬管理條例), he said.

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