Fri, Dec 23, 2005 - Page 2 News List

Colleague, legislator speak out on behalf of detained student

CNA , TAIPEI

A student who accompanied National Taiwan University student Lee Chien-cheng (李建誠) to Hong Kong last week to observe the Asian farmers' protests against the WTO talks in Hong Kong said yesterday he was certain that Lee did not attack police and was not involved in any violent activity.

Lee, a senior at the university's Department of Political Science, was arrested by Hong Kong police and charged with unlawful assembly.

Lee Che-yu (李哲宇), a student at Shih Hsin University's Institute of Social Development, said in an interview with CNA yesterday that he was with Lee Chien-cheng all the time after they arrived in Hong Kong on Dec. 12. They were there mainly to record how Asian farmers protested during the WTO meeting.

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Ting Shou-chung (丁守中) said in Hong Kong yesterday that he visited Lee Chien-cheng at a detention center earlier in the day and believed that an "optimistic result" would be apparent today when a Hong Kong court reviews the case.

Ting said that Lee Chien-cheng's seemed well and that the student told him he did not attack or assault any police during the demonstrations.

Lee's arrest has stirred up some indignation among Taiwan's students. Dozens of college students have been staging a sit-in in front of the NTU's main gate on Wednesday to protest against the Hong Kong authorities' arrest and detention of Lee.

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