S Korean actor to visit fans
South Korean actor Kim Soo-hyun, who catapulted to international stardom in his role in the hit TV series My Love from the Star, is to meet his fans in Taiwan later this month. Kim is to hold a meet-and-greet session at the Taipei International Convention Center on Saturday next week. All 3,000 tickets to the Taipei event were snapped up shortly after going on sale, event promoter entertainment company Mugeng said. The event is part of Kim’s Asia fan-meeting tour that is to begin in Seoul next week and take him to eight cities in six countries, Kim’s management company, Keyeast Co, said. My Love from the Star has been watched 14.5 billion times on China’s leading video Web site iqiyi.com since it debuted in December last year.
Hung verdict to be appealed
Prosecutors are to appeal the Taoyuan District Court’s verdict on the death of army corporal Hung Chung-chiu (洪仲丘), Minister of Justice Luo Ying-shay (羅瑩雪) said yesterday, amid criticism that the sentences were too lenient. Prosecutors, who have yet to receive the verdict, came to their decision after accessing the 230-page verdict through an online database, Luo said. He added that an appeal is to be filed within 10 days of the verdict arriving. On March 7, the Taoyuan District Court convicted 13 defendants on charges including abuse of power, offenses against personal freedom and negligent homicide in connection with Hung’s death. They were given sentences ranging from three to eight months in jail. The 24-year-old soldier died of heatstroke in July last year, after being forced to perform strenuous exercise in sweltering heat within an army confinement facility. His death sparked major protests nationwide.