Taiwanese businessman guilty of N. Korea sanctions violations commits suicide

Chen Shih-hsien jumped to his death Saturday morning from a residential building in Kaohsiung

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/06/22
By: Duncan DeAeth, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Chen Shih-hsien after a previous suicide attempt in January 2018 (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The owner of a Taiwanese ship implicated in illegally providing oil to North Koreanin 2017, committed suicide on Saturday (June 22), it was confirmed by authorities in Kaohsiung.

Chen Shih-hsien (陳世憲) jumped from the sixth floor of a residential building in Kaohsiung’s Yancheng Dsitrict (鹽埕區) around 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. He died instantly upon impact.

Chen was the owner of the Billions Bunker Group which was the company responsible for a tanker vessel, the Lighthouse Winmore, involved in sanctions violations for providing fuel to North Korea. The Lighthouse Winmore was registered in Hong Kong, and is suspected of providing fuel to North Korea on multiple occasions in 2017 before being discovered by South Korean and U.S. authorities.

In addition to the sanctions violations, Chen was also found guilty for lying about the activities of his company to investigators. UDN reports that Chen had also previously made death threats against a Deputy Minister of Justice, Chen Ming-Tang (陳明堂), as well as his family.

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