Taipei-New Party spokesman Wang Ping-chung (???) and three other members of the party were released early Wednesday after being questioned by prosecutors on suspicion of violating the National Security Act.
Prosecutors and investigators searched the homes of Wang and three other members of the pro-unification party on Tuesday morning before questioning the suspects and Wang's father later that day as part of a probe into suspected leaks of classified information in connection with an espionage investigation against former Chinese student Zhou Hongxu (???).
Zhou, who is serving a 14-month jail sentence for trying to bribe a diplomat and recruit spies for Beijing, was also summoned for questioning about the case Tuesday night.
From 7 p.m. Tuesday, the six arrived at the Taipei District Prosecutors Office for questioning in the case until 0:15 Wednesday.
In response, New Party supporter Chang Wei (??), son of Unionist Party leader Chang An-le (???) mobilized a group of protesters outside the prosecutors offices to show support for the New Party members inside.
Chang Wei said that although he does not know Wang and the three other New Party members, he was there to show his support because they are all pro-unification youth activists.
He also called the prosecutors' action a political witch-hunt against supporters of unification.
On leaving the office, Wang said he was performing his duty as a witness in the case and hopes the authorities will handle everything in an impartial manner and avoid the influence of political considerations.
The 29-year-old Zhou came to Taiwan five years ago as a student enrolled on a National Chengchi University MBA program, following which he briefly returned to China in August 2016 before returning to Taiwan to work as a management investor.
Zhou was detained incommunicado in March on suspicion of recruiting people for a spy ring while enrolled at the university and trying to bribe government officials into handing over classified materials. He was later indicted in July for violation of the National Security Act.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel