Suspended Jhuci Township (竹崎) Mayor Wang Kun-hung (王焜弘) was on Friday found guilty of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment for his involvement in the fatal shooting of a Chiayi City police officer in January.
Chiayi District Court Judge Cho Chun-hui (卓春慧) also found Liu Jui-tang (劉瑞堂), the hired gunman who carried out the assassination on police officer Lin Chin-chung (林進忠), guilty of murder and sentenced him to life in prison.
Huang Chun-yuan (黃俊源), Wang’s cousin, was sentenced to 15 years and six months in prison for being an accessory to the crime and concealing the offense.
Photo: Chang Jui-chen, Taipei Times
The gunman’s son, Liu Chia-wei (劉家瑋), was sentenced to eight years in prison for his role in the shooting.
In accordance with the Local Government Act (地方制度法), Wang, an independent who was elected Jhuci mayor in the nine-in-one elections in 2014, was suspended from office on Friday.
He can only be dismissed from office if he is found guilty in a second and third ruling.
Photo: Yang Chin-cheng, Taipei Times
A judicial investigation found that Wang had suspected his former wife was having an affair with Lin, so he offered NT$2 million (US$63,532) as a reward for someone to kill the police officer.
Wang’s friends contacted Liu, who tracked down Lin in front of his wife’s store in Chiayi City’s East District (東區) on Jan. 21 and killed him with three shots from a modified Ithaca shotgun.
Liu then threw the shotgun into a river in Tainan.
Two months later, a local fisherman stumbled upon the weapon, half-buried in a muddy river bank, and reported his finding to police.
Both Wang and his lawyer said the ruling was unfair, because there was no evidence linking Wang to the crime.
Wang’s lawyer said his client is innocent and would appeal the verdict.
Chiayi District Court spokesman Lin Kun-chi (林坤志) said there was a thorough investigation and the judges made the decision based on the weight of evidence.
HONG KONG SECURITY: The president blasted regulations requiring Taiwanese agents or political organizations to provide information on their Hong Kong-related activities President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday warned of countermeasures should controversial Chinese national security legislation imposed on Hong Kong undermine or harm Taiwanese interests. Article 43 of the legislation empowers the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to serve written notices to Taiwanese political organizations or individual agents to furnish information on their Hong Kong-related activities, including their personal particulars, finances, assets, expenditure and capital in the territory. Failure to comply or providing false or incomplete information can result in a fine of HK$100,000 (US$12,903) or imprisonment of six months or two years respectively. Tsai said that Taiwan would keep a close watch on how
PROBE LAUNCHED: An officer who served as a supervisor in the drill died in an apparent suicide after the accident, which was caused by unexpected waves Two marines who were on Friday injured in a military exercise in the waters off Kaohsiung passed away yesterday, Navy Command said. The marines — surnamed Tsai (蔡), 26, and a sergeant surnamed Chen (陳), 36 — were in a seven-member Marine Corps team that encountered rough seas during a simulated response to enemy forces landing on Taiwan. Their rubber craft overturned in waters off Taoziyuan (桃子園) beach in Zuoying District (左營), injuring four of the marines. They were rushed to hospital, where three of them — Tsai, Chen and a 34-year-old sergeant — were taken to an intensive care unit
MORAL COURAGE: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged the global community to face China’s intention to subdue Taiwan and reject such irrational requests The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday strongly condemned the Chinese government for meddling with US officials’ interactions with Taiwan after FBI Director Christopher Wray revealed China’s efforts to discourage US officials from visiting Taiwan. The greatest long-term threat to the US’ information security and intellectual property, as well as its economic vitality, is China’s counterintelligence and economic espionage operations, Wray told a video event at the Hudson Institute in Washington. Beijing is engaged in a highly sophisticated and maligning foreign influence campaign, with methods that include bribery, blackmail and covert deals, he said. Giving an example, Wray said that when a US official
CAUTION: Taiwan had zero cases of death from food poisoning for six years until last year, when two people died after eating wildlife, an FDA official said The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday urged the public not to eat wildlife or unidentified wild plants, as they could be fatal, with nearly 7,000 people affected by food poisoning last year, including two deaths due to wildlife consumption. The number of food poisoning incidents increased by nearly 50 percent last year, from 398 cases involving 4,616 people in the previous year to 503 cases involving 6,944 people, FDA data showed. That figure was the second-highest in history, the FDA said, adding that the highest number was recorded in 1997, with 7,235 people. Among the 503 cases, 87 were food poisoning clusters