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Control Yuan denies it meddled in Lin case

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Two Control Yuan members yesterday denied a local media report that accused them of attempting to meddle in the treason case of Justin Lin (林毅夫), a Taiwanese national who defected to China more than 30 years ago.

Control Yuan members Yeh Yao-peng (葉耀鵬) and Chao Chang-ping (趙昌平) yesterday said they were asking for the Ministry of Justice's (MOJ) assistance in understanding the legalities of Lin's case.

"We are simply asking the MOJ's opinion regarding the case; we are not trying to meddle in judicial processes," Chang said.

Yeh noted that the Control Yuan needs to learn the MOJ's legal interpretation of the case, especially given the fact that the Ministry of National Defense (MND) already handed jurisdiction over Lin's case to the MOJ earlier this month as part of an overhaul in the court martial system.

The Control Yuan members made the remarks in response to the Chinese-language Liberty Times report yesterday that said the two requested an interview with MOJ officials today to learn their opinion on the Lin case.

The report quoted sources who said that the two believe the government should lift the arrest order on Lin because the statute of limitations — which sets the period of prosecution at 20 years for defection to an enemy state — has passed, the report said.

Defection to an enemy state is punishable by death, life imprisonment or a minimum of 10 years in prison, according to the Criminal Code of the Armed Forces.

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