Premier Jiang to appear in court over attempted murder lawsuit
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-07-29 03:31 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Premier Jiang Yi-huah has been summoned to appear in court over an attempted murder suit filed by protesters in the wake of the March 23 occupation of the Executive Yuan, reports said Tuesday.

Dozens of students and other protesters occupied the Legislative Yuan compound from March 18 to April 10 to express their opposition against the government’s attempts to force through the trade-in-services pact with China.

A smaller group moved in to the Executive Yuan on March 23, occupying offices used by top government members including the premier. The following morning, special riot police moved in armed with batons and water cannons to remove the occupiers.

A total of 23 students and other protesters who were injured during the clashes filed a joint lawsuit accusing Jiang and several top police officers with attempted murder.

The Taipei District Court reportedly deemed it necessary to summon the premier and the police leaders to explain the decision-making process which led up to the order to use force to evacuate the Executive Yuan.

Jiang, National Police Agency chief Wang Cho-chiun, Taipei City police chief Huang Sheng-yung and Zhongzheng First Precinct chief Fang Yang-ning were all summoned to appear at the Taipei District Court at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, reports said.

The Executive Yuan reportedly confirmed it had received the court document, but no decision had yet been made whether Jiang would attend.

The Sunflower Movement, as the student protest was dubbed, formed the culmination of a year of increased activity by social groups on a range of subjects, from the forced demolition of private homes to make way for a business park in Miaoli County to the government’s attempts at completing the fourth nuclear plant.

The trade pact with China which triggered the occupation of the Legislative Yuan has still not been passed, even though the ruling Kuomintang listed it as a priority for the extra legislative sessions during the summer recess.

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