Fri, Mar 24, 2006 - Page 1 News List

PFP, union blame suspect's suicide on prosecutors

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Shouting "Prosecutors kill people!" leaders of the Taiwan Railway Labor Union and People First Party (PFP) lawmakers yesterday burst into the Legislative Yuan, claiming that investigators had wrongly accused a man of murdering his wife by causing a derailment on the Southern Link Line.

The man killed himself yesterday, after being hounded by police and the media.

The protestors asked newly appointed Public Prosecutor General Hsieh Wen-ting (謝文定) to investigate the case and clear the name of the alleged murderer.

PFP legislators Lin Hui-kuan (林惠官) and Liu Wen-hsiung (劉文雄) yesterday accompanied Taiwan Railway Labor Union president Chen Han-ching (陳漢卿) and former union head Chang Wen-cheng (張文正) in storming the legislature and creating a disturbance during a review of Hsieh's appointment.

They were protesting the death of Lee Shuang-chuan (李雙全), the husband of the only fatality in the derailment, who is suspected of using the incident to cover up his wife's murder.

"Prosecutors should obey the rule that all investigations should be confidential. But instead they revealed the identity of the prime suspect in the case and hinted that Lee was a murderer without providing any evidence. This placed overwhelming pressure on Lee and drove him to hang himself," Chang said, crying.

Chang refused to leave the meeting room and lay on the floor until he was dragged away by police.

When asked for his opinion on the matter, Hsieh said that he would not comment because he was not familiar with all the details of the case. But he agreed that all investigations should be confidential, unless they involved a threat to social stability.

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