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Ex-Taipei City councilor turns himself in to police

2018/12/10 19:43:45

Lee Chen-lung (李承龍/CNA file photo)

Taipei, Dec. 10 (CNA) Former Taipei City councilor Lee Chen-lung (李承龍) turned himself in to police Monday after being on the wanted list from early November for not reporting for his sentence for decapitating a bronze statue in Tainan of Yoichi Hatta, a Japanese engineer during the Japanese colonial era.

Lee, a member of the Chinese Unification Promotion Party (CUPP), was sentenced to five months in prison March 8 for removing the head of the late Hatta in front of the tomb of Hatta and his wife in Tainan's Wushantou Reservoir Scenic Park.

Even though the ruling allowed his punishment to be converted to a fine of NT$1,000 (US$34) per day of the sentence, Lee felt that the ruling was unfair and decided not to pay the fine or report in person for his sentence.

According to the ruling, Lee, who was disgruntled with remarks praising Hatta's contribution to the Chianan Plain in southern Taiwan by building the reservoir, drove to the reservoir with an accomplice, Chiu Chin-wei (邱晉芛), April 14, 2017 and stayed at a guest house there overnight before going to the statue the next day, where an electric saw was used to decapitate it.

Chiu was sentenced to four months behind bars on the same charge of damaging the property of others, the Tainan District Court said in its ruling.

After being transferred to the Taiwan Shilin District Prosecutors Office in Taipei Monday, Lee was visited by CUPP President Chang An-lo (張安樂) who assisted him in paying the fine.

Lee referred to what he claimed was unfair treatment by the Central Election Commission by not allowing him to run in the Nov. 24 local elections as the reason why he did not initially pay the fine.

(By Huang Li-yun and William Yen)