Jailed ex-magistrate returns to Hualien same day earthquake rocks Taiwan

Dubbed the ‘King of Hualien,’ Fu Kun-chi greeted by adoring supporters and 6.1 mag. earthquake upon release from prison

Taiwan News 
Date: 2019/04/20
By: Duncan DeAeth, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Fu Kun-chi (center) greets supporters next to wife, Hualien Magistrate Hsu Chen-wei (center right) (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The former magistrate of Hualien County, Fu Kun-chi (傅崐萁), was released from prison and returned to Hualien on Thursday, April 18, just hours before a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck the city.

Fu Kun-shi was released early from a prison in Taichung on Thursday morning around 9:00 a.m., after serving a reduced sentence of 8 months related to stock market manipulation dating back in the early 2000s.

After being released, Fu headed back to Hualien City where he was greeted by a crowd of nearly 1,000 supporters, including the leaders of several political and business organizations along with the heads of 13 townships in Hualien.

Fu, who has been dubbed by netizens as the “King of Hualien” took to the stage and hugged his wife, Hsu Chen-wei (徐榛蔚), who is the current Magistrate of Hualien County.

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