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Uncovering truth of Lien shooting key

Staff Writer, with CNA

The most important task in the investigation of the Nov. 26 election-eve shooting that killed one man and injured Sean Lien (連勝文) was to find out whether the shooting was orchestrated by an unknown source, Minister of the Interior -Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) said yesterday.

Prosecutors have already obtained concrete evidence about the shooting, including the murder weapon, thanks to the arrest of the alleged assailant at the scene of the shooting, but the investigation should now focus on determining “whether there is an individual mastermind or a gang behind the perpetrator,” Jiang said.

Asked by reports whether investigators have a deadline for solving the case, Jiang said there is no set date, but he said the government hoped that investigators would uncover the truth as soon as possible.

Sean Lien, son of former vice president Lien Chan (連戰), was shot in the face while stumping for a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) city councilor candidate in Taipei County on the eve of the special municipality elections.

Sean Lien is in stable condition at National Taiwan University Hospital, but a bystander who was shot in the head died of injuries soon after the incident.

The hospital said yesterday that Sean Lien is recovering and that his facial nerves are functioning normally.

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