Rapist gets 2,350 years
A man in Yunlin County received multiple sentences totaling 2,350 years for molesting or raping his three daughters 306 times within six years, beginning in 2008. However, the 56-year-old father will only have to serve 30 years in jail, the maximum term of imprisonment allowed under the Criminal Code. The verdict can be appealed. According to the verdict issued by the Yunlin District Court, the man began to molest his eldest daughter when she was nine years old and began to rape her when she was 11. His two other daughters fell victim to his sexual abuse after his wife died in 2012, the verdict said. The case only came to light two years ago after his second daughter told one of her teachers about the situation.
￥14.58m in cash seized
Customs officers on Friday confiscated ￥14.58 million (US$133,252) from five foreign nationals at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport after finding ￥20 million in undeclared cash in their luggage, airport police said. A Chinese man, surnamed Lin (林), 45, and two Japanese women, aged 52 and 59, were found to have hidden ￥6 million, ￥4 million and ￥6 million respectively in their carry-on luggage when going through security checks at Terminal One. Police then found two other Japanese men traveling with them, and an additional ￥4 million in one of the two men’s luggage. Lin said the group planned to carry the money to Okinawa, where they wanted to purchase land. Police returned US$10,000 — the maximum amount of undeclared foreign currency allowed to be taken out of the country — to each of the five and confiscated the rest. Passengers and transport service personnel are required to declare foreign currency of more than US$10,000 or risk confiscation.
The Taipei Grand Mosque yesterday said its earlier decision to cancel Eid al-Fitr celebrations on Sunday to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan would stand, even though there have been no new domestic cases of COVID-19 in more than a month. It will be the first time in 60 years that the event has not be held at the mosque. The Ministry of Labor had asked all mosques to suspend Eid al-Fitr celebrations and prayers this year, due to COVID-19 concerns, and encouraged Muslims to pray at home. This year Ramadan began on April 23 and is to
KAOHSIUNG VOTE: A city official allegedly wrote a message calling on supporters of Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu not to participate in the vote next month Prosecutors on Wednesday initiated an investigation of Kaohsiung Civil Affairs Bureau Director-General Tsao Huan-jung (曹桓榮) for allegedly telling supporters of Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) to interfere with a recall vote against Han, while pan-green politicians denounced the mayor and his team for devising ways to obstruct voting. After receiving complaints from residents, the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors’ Office launched its probe of Tsao for alleged breaches of the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act (公職人員選舉罷免法). Complainants provided evidence that Tsao on Saturday last week wrote on messaging app Line that Han supporters should not vote in the June 6 recall vote, saying:
BILINGUAL ASSISTANCE: The center launched a chat bot that features Chinese and English interfaces to provide foreigners with instant information about the pandemic The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday said that it would discuss with other nations the possibility of allowing businesspeople to visit on a case-by-case basis. Asked about loosening border restrictions, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center, said at the daily CECC news briefing that while the center is cautious about opening the nation’s borders, it would aim to diminish obstacles for important trade interactions without risking transmission of the novel coronavirus. Several foreign representatives in Taiwan have expressed an interest in the matter and the center would conduct related negotiations with the help of the
DELUSIONAL: The male patient said he did not know that the woman had mental problems, but the court said that her being restrained in isolation should have given him pause The Taiwan High Court has ordered the Jhudong branch of the Taiwan National University Hospital and a male patient to jointly pay a former female patient’s family NT$400,000 in compensation after the man had sex with the woman, who has mental problems, while hospitalized. The 26-year-old woman has been diagnosed with a mental disorder, a symptom of which is that she obsessively seeks to have sex, her mother said. The mother filed a formal complaint and sought damages from the hospital and the male patient surnamed Chen (陳) after finding out that her daughter had sex with the man while