The government will help a Taiwanese fishing boat skipper standing trial in the Federated States of Micronesia for allegedly operating illegally in the country’s territorial waters two months ago, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official said yesterday. \nChen Chung-yi (陳仲義), captain of tuna fishing boat the Sheng Feng Yi (聖豐億號), has been detained by authorities in the South Pacific island nation since May 6 for alleged trespassing and poaching. \nThe case will be brought to trial on Wednesday. \n“We hope the case can be resolved satisfactorily in a way that financial constraints on how much the captain can afford to pay in fines is taken into account,” MOFA Deputy Spokesman James Chang (章計平) said in response to an appeal for the government’s assistance in raising money for the lawsuit. \nMicronesian authorities had agreed to lower terms of a settlement with Chen after the ministry mediated between the two sides, but Chen refused to agree to the settlement as he was unable to pay a fine of US$33,000 and was resolved to clear his name in court, the ministry said. \nChen was initially fined US$200,000 and asked to pay an additional US$100,000 as a guarantee at a previous trial on June 24. \nSaying that the ministry has been in close contact with Chen’s family, Chang added that it will continue to assist Chen with arranging for his lawyers, family or translators to travel to Micronesia. \nSeven other Taiwanese crew members were released on May 22 and returned to Taiwan. \nThe ministry said Micronesian prosecutors will on Wednesday demand that the fishing boat and its catch be confiscated, that Chen pay a fine of US$200,000 in a civil lawsuit as well as a fine of between US$100,000 and US$1 million in a criminal lawsuit.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday found four men guilty of attempted murder in the 2017 stabbing of Spanish surfer Ignacio Prio on a Pingtung County beach in the final ruling in the case, sentencing them to three-and-a-half to six years in prison. The defendants had appealed their convictions for attempted murder in the first and second rulings, which had also led to prison sentences ranging from three-and-a-half years to six years. The then-42-year-old Prio went to Jialeshui Beach (佳樂水) near Kenting (墾丁) on March 31, 2017, was attacked after he asked four men to remove their fishing lines from an area
‘IMMORAL, INSINCERE’: Huang Kun-huei said that Ma was ‘distorting history’ in claiming that Lee Teng-hui laid the foundation for the so-called ‘1992 consensus’ Former Presidential Office secretary-general Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) on Saturday rejected former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) claim that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had been a proponent of Beijing’s “one China” principle. Lee, who served as president from 1988 to 2000, died in Taipei on Thursday last week. After visiting the Taipei Guest House on Saturday to pay his respects to Lee, Ma posted on Facebook that “28 years ago on this day” Lee hosted a session of the now-defunct National Unification Council, during which he passed a resolution on the “one China” principle. That resolution became the basis of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s
NEW ERA: Taiwan, which has controlled its virus outbreak, now faces the challenge of safely resuming economic exchanges with other nations, Chang Shan-chwen said People should not focus entirely on having zero new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Taiwan, but neglect overall control over the disease situation, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) specialist advisory panel convener Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) said yesterday. Chang made the remark at a forum in Taipei discussing the steps Taiwan should take in the post-pandemic era, organized by the Chinese-language magazine Global Views Monthly. Chang, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩), and Stanford University’s Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention director C. Jason Wang (王智弘) each made a presentation, followed by a panel discussion with Chang, Wang and Buddhist Tzu
ANOTHER IMPORT: A Filipina who arrived on Friday to visit family developed a fever on Saturday and test results yesterday were positive, making her Taiwan’s 465th case The government’s real-name mask purchasing system is to be continued until at least the end of the year, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday, as it reported a new imported COVID-19 case from the Philippines. The center would continue to requisition mask production to ensure people can buy masks using the real-name system until the end of December, said Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), the CECC’s spokesman. While the CECC requisitions about 8 million masks per day to ensure there are enough for the real-name system, more than 10 million masks are produced per day