Taiwan probes election cash

China | Agence France-Presse 9 Aug 2018

Investigators in Taiwan have searched the home and party offices of a pro-China former gang leader known as "White Wolf" in a probe over donations ahead of key elections.

It comes as concerns grow about the involvement of organized crime in politics and escalating tensions between Taipei and Beijing.

Last month, the website of the ruling party was breached allegedly by Chinese hackers and there were also security breaches leading up to the 2016 presidential elections.

"White Wolf," whose real name is Chang An-lo, previously headed one of Taiwan's biggest gangs before rebranding himself as a pro-China political activist.

Chang is known for his pro-unification stance and his Chinese Unity Promotion Party regularly organizes rallies in support of Beijing.

"We indeed conducted a search of the CUPP headquarters and residence of the main suspects for possible violation of the political donations act," a prosecutors' office spokesman, said.

Chang claims his party's funds are all from his own company.

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