Oriental Daily News co-founder Ma Sik-chun died in Taiwan on Monday, 37 years after he fled Hong Kong where he had been charged with drug trafficking, Ming Pao Daily reported on Thursday. He was 77.
Ma died at the Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Oriental Daily said on its website. Funeral services were scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
The Department of Justice said it was verifying the report before deciding on the legal procedures.
Police refused to comment on Ma’s case but said it would apply to the court to revoke an arrest warrant if the person involved had died.
Law Society chairman Stephen Hung said Ma’s warrant could be removed if the police and the justice department presented his death certificate.
Taiwan media reported that family members did not want to have his body cremated, and would like to bring the remains back to Hong Kong.
The Department of Health said its approval was needed for the remains to be moved to Hong Kong.
Ma was charged in 1977 with three counts of conspiracy to handle narcotics worth up to HK$200 million between 1967 and 1973. Ma fled to Taiwan in 1978.
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