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Family of Vietnamese worker shot by police seeking details (update)

2018/01/18 21:26:23

Taipei, Jan. 18 (CNA) The family of a Vietnamese migrant worker who was shot to death by police in Taiwan five months ago is requesting the release of the video footage from surveillance cameras on the scene, an attorney for the family said Thursday.

The worker, Nguyen Quoc Phi, was shot nine times while allegedly attempting to steal a car and attacking the officers who were trying to arrest him, on Aug. 31 last year.

Attorney Chiu Hsien-chih (邱顯智), who is representing Nguyen's relatives, said that they want the truth about what happened and are asking for the release of the footage from the surveillance cameras in the area and the dash cam on the ambulance that transported Nguyen to hospital.

Nguyen's father arrived in Taiwan Wednesday for the first hearing of the case, which was held Thursday in Hsinchu.

On his previous visit to Taiwan 16 days after the death of his son, the father was not allowed to see the video footage on grounds that the "investigation was still ongoing,” according to Chen Hsiu-lien (陳秀蓮), a researcher at Taiwan International Workers' Association (TIWA).

The family of the victim and their attorney are also asking for the release of the autopsy report, Chen said.

During the hearing, the prosecutors told the attorney that Nguyen's autopsy report has been completed and a copy can be provided to the bereaved family.

The prosecutors also urged the family and the police to continue negotiations over issues relating to the aftermath of the incident.

Meantime, the prosecutor promised to deal with the case fairly and actively investigate all available evidence to ensure it is brought to a satisfactory close as soon as possible.

(By Lu Kang-chun, Evelyn Kao, S.C. Chang)