The Taiwan High Court ruled against the Land Bank of Taiwan yesterday and the bank has been forced to pay a 30-month morgue fee to the family who illegally occupied a piece of its land for 50 years.
"The bank basically took advantage of the wrong article of the law, so the court decided to rule in favor of the defendant," read the Taiwan High Court's verdict.
The verdict said that to win the case, the bank should have taken advantage of "law enforcement regulations" instead of the "offences of misappropriation" that it filed against the family's occupation of the site.
As a result, the bank will not be able to retrieve a morgue fee -- NT$1,500 a day for the past 30 months -- from the defendant ? the Chen family.
The family illegally occupied a two-story building on a piece of its land, located in Taipei City's Kangting Rd., since 1952.
The Chens said that they had negotiated with the bank many times to see if they could lease or buy the land instead of occupying it illegally. However, all the negotiations led to dead ends.
The Chens filed a lawsuit against the bank in 1986 for ownership of the land, a site of approximately 100 pings.
The court decided that the land belonged to the bank and the Chen family should move out immediately.
However, the Chens kept ignoring the court sanction.
After owner Chen Yueh-nien's (
The family had been living at the address with their mother's body ever since.
On July 26, 2002, Taipei Civil Judge Cheng Li-yan (
The coffin was relocated to Taipei's First Municipal Morgue.
The bank has had to pay the morgue fee of NT$1,500 a day to the Taipei Mortuary Services Office ever since.