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Court orders train explosion suspect to pay compensation

2017/08/11 20:52:56

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Taipei, Aug. 11 (CNA) The Taipei District Court on Friday ordered Lin Ying-chang (林英昌), who was found guilty of setting off an explosion in a train in Taipei last year, to pay NT$6.83 million (US$235,500) in compensation to those affected by the blast.

The court asked that he pay the compensation to the people injured in the explosion as well as to the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) for damage to the train and revenue losses.

The ruling can still be appealed, the district court said.

During the district court hearing, Lin said he had no opinion on whatever the court decided, but he wanted to apologize to the victims of the explosion and the TRA for his actions.

Lin was sentenced by the Taiwan High Court last week to 29 years and 10 months for attempted murder for detonating a homemade explosive device on a commuter train as it was pulling into Songshan Railway Station late on the night of July 7, 2016.

The incident left 25 injured, including himself.

(By Wang Yang-yu and Ko Lin)
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