INDICTED. ROBERT TSAO, 58, and JOHN HSUAN, 53, former chairman and vice-chairman of Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), the world's second largest maker of custom computer chips; for allegedly transferring technology, funds and personnel to Chinese start-up He Jian Technology, in violation of laws prohibiting the establishment of high-tech semiconductor plants on the mainland without special approval; in Taipei. The two are also charged with "breach of trust" for allegedly acting against the interests of UMC shareholders. The company has denied the allegations, calling the indictments "purely political."

CONFESSED. WICHAI SOMKHAOYAI, 24, and BUALOI POSIT, 23, Thai fishermen;...

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