Wanted 'White Wolf' wishes to return: MAC
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) yesterday confirmed that it has processed former Bamboo Union (竹聯) leader Chang An-lo's (張安樂) application to verify his Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents.
March 14, 2013, 12:00 am TWN
Chang, who is wanted in Taiwan for violation of the Organized Crime Prevention Act, traveled to mainland China in the mid 1990s before he was charged — prosecutors have been unable to extradite him since.
The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said that Chang recently expressed his wish to return to the island, adding that law enforcers will act accordingly if he does return.
SEF Chairman Lin Join-sane (林中森) said that Chang applied to have his Mainland Travel Permit verified, and that the foundation will act according to law.
The SEF said that because Chang is listed as a fugitive, it will notify the authorities once his intention to return has been confirmed.
MAC Minister Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦) said that since Chang does not need a Mainland Travel Permit to return, it remains unclear whether his application to have the document verified by the SEF indicated a plan to do so.
“(However,) he has expressed through several channels a wish to come back,” Wang added.
The SEF said that Chang had the document notarized first by the mainland authorities and subsequently verified by the SEF in order to show that he does not hold mainland Chinese citizenship.
Wang said that if Chang turns himself in, the case will be handled by the Criminal Investigation Bureau under the Interior Ministry, and that the MAC will assist the relevant authorities if needed.
Chang's son was stabbed to death in 1998 outside a karaoke in Taiwan.
The former Bamboo Union leader, who at the time had already moved to the mainland and was wanted by the police in Taiwan, did not return for his son's funeral.