Truck rammer released after court rejects prosecutors' detention request
Central News Agency
2014-01-29 11:21 PM
Taipei, Jan. 29 (CNA) The Taipei District Court on Wednesday rejected prosecutors' request to detain the man accused of ramming a truck into the front entrance of the Presidential Office on Jan. 25. Chang Teh-cheng was released without bail after the court ruled that there was no reason to hold him in custody.

The Taipei District Prosecutors Office immediately appealed against the ruling. The Taiwan High Court is expected to make a final decision later.

Chang said briefly that he felt sorry to cause public confusion and assured the media that he would not commit similar offenses again. He then left the court on an ambulance at around 10:15 p.m.

The 41-year-old man was brought to the Taipei Prosecutors Office for questioning right after being discharged from National Taiwan University Hospital, where he had been receiving treatment for injuries sustained when his gravel truck crashed into a gate at the front entrance of the Presidential Office early last Saturday. Chang ran his empty truck over spikes and barricades and up more than a dozen steps before being stopped by a bulletproof gate activated by a quick-thinking military policeman. Prosecutors have accused Chang of five offenses, including attempted murder, which carries a minimum prison sentence of 10 years. His other alleged crimes include obstruction of performance of public duties, destroying historic relics, and damaging Presidential Office building and articles. Prosecutors had asked for Chang to be held in custody pending further investigations, but the court rejected the request on the ground that there was no evidence showing that Chang would flee.

(By Huang Yi-han, Lin Chang-shun and Sofia Wu)

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