Three more suspects in feces attack held incommunicado

10/19/2020 06:19 PM
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Taipei, Oct. 19 (CNA) The Taipei District Court on Monday ordered three more suspects in a feces attack on a Taipei restaurant be held incommunicado out of concern that they might tamper with evidence, pose a flight risk and renew their attacks.

The three suspects -- two brothers identified by their family name Lee (李) and another identified as Chiang (江) -- were arrested on charges of vandalism, public insult, extortion and injury after the court held a detention hearing earlier in the day, court spokesperson Huang Pei-chen (黃珮禎) said.

In a written statement, the court said the three men all admitted having had no rancor against anyone in the restaurant and said that they had no idea about the restaurant's background.

It suggested that they conducted the attack in exchange for monetary reward or were pressurized into doing so.

The court said it was necessary to detain them and hold them incommunicado because they committed the offense just to earn NT$5,000 (US$174), NT$10,000 and NT$35,000, respectively, with the suspicion that they might repeat their action.

Four male suspects in their 20s, including one identified as Mo (莫), who was the one who actually threw the feces at the restaurant Aegis located on Xinsheng South Rd, have been arrested over the incident.

Mo acknowledged during initial questioning by prosecutors that he threw excrement at the restaurant for a reward of NT$15,000 (US$520) offered by the other three, leading to their arrest on Oct. 17.

The restaurant, run by Hong Kong lawyer Daniel Wong Kwok-tung (黃國桐), provides employment to Hong Kongers seeking shelter in Taiwan following pro-democracy protests triggered by a potential Chinese extradition bill. It was attacked by Mo with chicken excrement around noon on Oct.16.

The bill failed to pass Hong Kong's legislature last year but would have allowed crime suspects arrested in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan to be sent to China for trial.

Video footage from nearby surveillance cameras showed an individual dressed all in black approaching the restaurant and hurling what appeared to be chicken feces at the cashier's counter.

A female staffer from Hong Kong was splashed in the eyes with the substance and much of the restaurant's equipment was contaminated with fecal matter.

(By Flor Wang and Liu Shih-yi)

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