Thu, May 04, 2006 - Page 2 News List

`Media victim' relatives plea for release of postmortem report in derailment case

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Family members of the late Lee Shuang-chuan stage a sit-in outside the Legislative Yuan yesterday, asking the government to release the postmortem report on Lee's wife. Lee Shuang-chuan's father, Lee Chu-pao, is second from right, and his brother Lee Tai-an is second from the left.

PHOTO: SUNG CHIH-HSIUNG, TAIPEI TIMES

Relatives of the late Lee Shuang-chuan (李雙全), who was probed by the media over his alleged involvement in a train derailment for insurance money, went to the Executive Yuan and the Legislative Yuan yesterday for help.

Police had investigated Lee on suspicion he had caused the derailment in order to collect on his wife's life insurance policy.

"It has been 40 days since my son died. I hope police and prosecutors can announce the results of the postmortem on his wife so that we can have their bones buried as soon as possible," said Lee Shuang-chuan's father, Lee Chu-pao (李聚寶).

Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) promised the 82-year-old father that he would do his best to help him.

Wang's pledge convinced Lee Chu-pao to cancel his plan to stage an overnight sit-in near the Executive Yuan and to go on a hunger strike.

"If my son really did something bad to my daughter-in-law, I will give him a good kick in his coffin. But if not, he should be pronounced innocent," Lee Chu-pao said.

The younger Lee and his Vietnamese wife Chen Hong-chen (陳紅琛) were on a train that derailed on March 17 in Pingtung County.

Chen was killed in the accident while Lee committed suicide after police revealed that he was a suspect in the derailment.

Kaohsiung prosecutors have kept the cause of Chen's death secret, saying that it could not be revealed while their investigation was ongoing.

Media reports have said that Lee Shuang-chuan and his brother Lee Tai-an (李泰安) had bought an unusual poison before the accident and poisoned Chen.

The reports, however, did not cite any sources for the allegation.

Lee Chu-pao said that he wanted to read the report on Chen's postmortem during the investigation hearing, a plea that was backed by the legislative speaker.

"That's a natural and normal demand," Wang said.

"I hope that the prosecutors can take the families' sentiments into account," he said.

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