The Taiwan High Court yesterday overturned the 1997 fraud conviction of cult leader Sung Chi-li (宋七力), saying there was insufficient evidence that he had deceived the plaintiffs by claiming to have supernatural powers and encouraging his followers to donate money.
\nThe court ruled that his activities were simply religious activities, which are protected by the Constitution.
\n"There is no evidence to prove that Sung cheated his followers and forced them to donate. In other words, the judges decided that Sung's followers believed in Sung's supernatural powers out of their own free will and that their donations to Sung were simply religious activities. The law does not have the right to interfere with people's beliefs," said Tsai Kuo-tsai (蔡國在), the spokesman for the Taiwan High Court.
\nSung's two assistants, Cheng Chen-tung (
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