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TDPO sets residential restriction for Chang

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taipei District Prosecutors Office (TDPO) yesterday imposed a residential restriction on former Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Deputy Minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) who stands accused of disclosing confidential information.

Chang yesterday visited the Taipei District Prosecutors Office on his own initiative to clarify the details of the case. His session with the district prosecutors lasted roughly two hours.

To ensure that the accused attends future sessions, a residential restriction has been imposed on him, Taipei District Prosecutors Office spokesman Huang Mou-hsin (黃謀信) said.

After learning about the restriction, Chang said that he is under tremendous pressure and that he trusts no one. Chang stressed that he did nothing wrong, adding that if he were to make a run for it, he would in effect be besmirching his own name.

Chang reportedly gave prosecutors his cellphone number, stressing that it will be kept on 24-7.

Apart from maintaining his innocence, Chang yesterday apologized for causing anxiety among the nation's public servants.

Chang told reporters that he will cooperate with the ongoing investigation but declined to reveal the content of his conversation with prosecutors.

Chang said that there have been too many libelous attacks against him over the past week, adding that none of the accusations are based on facts.

The ex-deputy minister said that he was only a pawn in the efforts to arrange a meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou and Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping (習近平).

Speaking about what prompted the accusations, Chang said that perhaps he had unknowingly offended someone during his tenure as deputy minister of the MAC.

When asked why he didn't bring the "Ma-Xi meet" subject at his last press conference, Chang explained that he is in a very awkward position, because if he were to disclose the information that would prove his innocence, he would be revealing state secrets.

Chang stressed that he has a clear conscience, expressing the hope that the prosecution will get to the bottom of the case and let the facts come to light.

Referring to the stability of current cross-strait ties, Chang urged people not to jeopardize the nation's interests by making false statements for their own advantage.

The National Security Bureau yesterday urged the nation to wait patiently for the results of the investigation and expressed support of the Investigation Bureau's actions.

The National Security Bureau also said that a lot of the rumors that have been circulating in the media are not consistent with the facts, urging the public to respect judicial proceedings.

The National Security Bureau further stated that it is its responsibility to supervise, coordinate and support national security-related institutions, expressing support of the Investigation Bureau over its handling of Chang's case.

Case Won't Affect Cross-Strait Talks: SEF chair

Meanwhile, Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Lin Join-sane (林中森) said that cross-strait negotiations will not be affected by the investigation into the allegations against Chang.

Lin said that the MAC had notified him of the personnel adjustment regarding Chang and that the SEF respects the ministry's decision.

All cross-strait negotiations are carried out with the government's approval and authorization, Lin stressed, adding that the SEF does not act outside the parameters set by the government.

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