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North Korea oil sale suspect denies allegations after suicide attempt

2018/01/19 18:32:28

Kaohsiung, Jan. 19 (CNA) A Taiwanese businessman denied selling oil to North Korea after surviving an apparent suicide attempt earlier on Friday morning.

As Chen Shih-hsien (陳世憲) was wheeled out of the hospital following his discharge, he told reporters he wanted to prove his innocence by taking his own life.

News broke at the end of last year that a Taiwanese man chartered a Hong Kong-registered vessel through the Billions Bunker Group to secretly transfer oil to North Korea, an action the latest United Nations sanctions prohibited.

As head of the company Chen was later identified as the suspect and the many overseas companies he controls were put on a sanctions list by Taiwan's Ministry of Justice-led Terrorism Financing Prevention Review Committee.

On Friday, Chen made a number of claims while denying the accusations, alleging that he is being framed by China and that Taiwanese only know to bully other Taiwanese and are intent on destroying him.

Chen dismissed the idea that he would do businesses with North Korea.

While on the sanctions list neither Chen nor his overseas companies can make withdrawals, remittances, transfers or payments in Taiwan.

(By Chen Chi-fong and Kuan-lin Liu)