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Court says Lien’s suspected shooter not mentally unfit

UNANSWERED:Sean Lien said he wanted to know the motive behind the shooting and the source of the gun that was used to shoot him

Staff Writer, with CNA

A district court on Wednesday found that a man accused of shooting and wounding Sean Lien (連勝文), son of former vice president Lien Chan (連戰), in 2010 was not mentally disturbed at the time.

One man died and Sean Lien was wounded in the face in the shooting incident at a campaign rally on the eve of the country’s first poll to elect the heads of five special municipalities in late November 2010.

Lin Cheng-wei (林正偉), also known as “Horse Face” (馬面), was arrested and charged with murder. The prosecution is seeking the death penalty.

Medical professionals told the Banciao District Court in a preliminary hearing on Monday that Lin’s mental condition at the time was normal.

Feng Jung (馮榕), a psychiatrist at Far Eastern Memorial Hospital in New Taipei City (新北市), said joint examinations and mental health tests found that Lin was “completely normal.”

If Lin’s brain had been damaged — as some had claimed, citing his record of drug use — his intelligence level would have been affected, but IQ tests showed that he was normal, Feng said.

Sean Lien said he wanted to know the motive behind the shooting and the source of the gun Lin used to try to kill him.

Sean Lien’s lawyers said motive is an important factor in court verdicts, but the court has not been able to determine the motive or the source of the gun.

The lawyers have asked the court to order another round of mental health checks on Lin.

The defense and the prosecution are requesting an examination of the evidence, a request that the judges in the case will decide on jointly, the presiding judge said.

The court will hold a hearing on the matter on March 21.

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