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Assailant of presidential guard indicted

2017/10/13 11:56:10

(CNA file photo)

Taipei, Oct. 13 (CNA) A man who attacked a military police officer with a sword outside the Presidential Office in August was indicted Friday on charges of attempted murder.

The prosecution is seeking a seven-year jail term for 51-year-old Lu Chun-yi (呂軍億), according to the indictment issued by the Taipei District Prosecutors Office.

Lu had previously told prosecutors his main intention was to kill President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and "was prepared to attack anyone else if they tried to get in my way."

On Aug. 18, Lu managed to approach the guarded west wing of the Presidential Office on the intersection of Bo'ai Road and Changsha Street in Taipei, and struck at the neck of a guard with a sword, according to an investigation by prosecutors.

It was later determined that Lu had stolen the Japanese military sword from the nearby Armed Forces Museum by smashing the display case with a hammer.

During the attack, Lu was overpowered by other guards before he could reach the Presidential Office building. Police later found a People's Republic of China flag in his bag.

(By Hsiao Po-wen and Y.F. Low)