The Changhua District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday named a new defendant in the case of a high-school student who was allegedly starved and physically abused to death at a spiritual retreat held by a non-traditional religious organization.
The father of the victim, 18-year-old Chan Chun-yu (詹淳寓), has accused Chen Chiao-ming (陳巧明), who runs the organization, of abusing Chan to death. Prosecutors said Chen has denied any involvement in the teenager’s death.
After questioning Chen yesterday, prosecutors also searched the organization’s headquarters in Changhua County.
Chan’s mother, Huang Fen-chueh (黃芬雀), who is a member of the organization, has been in detention since last week on suspicion of abusing her son to death.
According to prosecutors, Huang on Monday admitted that she and other members of the organization tied Chan up and beat him.
However, Huang said that the teenager had not died from physical abuse, but from using recreational drugs, prosecutors said, adding that Huang had also refused to name her alleged accomplices.
Prosecutors said they have so far questioned Huang, Chen and organization staff member Hsu Ai-chen (許愛珍).
The three have all been named as defendants by prosecutors.