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Fate of pop singer Yu Tien’s brother in doubt

A China-based Taiwan business executive yesterday said the brother of Taiwan pop singer Yu Tien was not executed in China for drug related offenses as local media earlier claimed.

Yu Tien’s family said they did not know anything about the situation, after media reports a few days earlier said the Chinese authorities executed Yu Tien’s brother, Yu Fu-hsing for smuggling heroin.

A Taiwanese businessman surnamed Wu said media reports in the Apple Daily reporting Yu Fu-hsing’s death were inaccurate and, after he called the paper, it published a correction. Wu said the Chinese legal process that began after Yu Fu-hsing’s arrest was not completed. He said according to legal procedures Yu Fu-hsing’s final judgment was due in six months time and even then it might not be the death penalty.

He said the Chinese authorities were trying to soften the mainland’s harsh image and it was possible Yu Fu-hsing could get life imprisonment instead. Wu said Yu’s family had spent over NT$10 million persuading Chinese officials to soften the verdict from the death penalty to life imprisonment. Yu Fu-hsing’s wife had also phoned Yu Tien to say the reports of his brother’s death were incorrect, Wu said.

Yu Tien’s wife Li Ya-ping said the family had no idea about Yu Fu-hsing’s situation and were relying on media reports. She confirmed a woman rang Yu Tien but could not confirm her identity, saying the family did not know if Yu Fu-hsing had a wife.

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