Taiwan police to question student over 'assassination' threat

TAIPEI - The Criminal Investigation Division (CID) of the Taipei City Police Department said yesterday it is scheduled to summon student activist Hung Chung-yen today for questioning over the demonstration outside of the Zhongzheng First Police Precinct on April 11.

Hung, a student at National Taiwan University, allegedly threatened Zhongzheng First Precinct Chief Fang Yang-ning during the demonstration on April 11, saying that Fang might be assassinated for evicting protesters at the Legislative Yuan on the same morning.

Hung later on April 15 made a public apology to Fang, saying that he was sorry for any uncomfortable feelings he might have caused to Fang and the public. Hung said, however, he wonders if Fang would also apologise to activist Tsay Ting-kuei and other protesters that were evicted.

Apart from Hung, the CID yesterday said it also sent notices to activist Liu Ching-wen and Fu Jen Catholic University professor Lynn Miles, requesting that they come to the police station on April 18 for questioning over the demonstration.

Taipei police said it will continue to send notices to all the persons of interest involved in the occupations of the Legislative Yuan and the Executive Yuan, as well as the April 11 demonstration.

The police went on to say that police officers have been collecting evidence since the student activists began occupying the Legislature on March 18, noting that the CID does not rule out the possibility of questioning student activist leaders Chen Wei-ting and Lin Fei-fan next week.

Hung was quoted by the Liberty Times yesterday as saying that given that police officers are interested parties in the April 11 demonstration, he "will not accept" police requests for questioning. Hung said, however, he will proactively make contact with Taipei prosecutors soon to explain the incident.

The Taipei District Prosecutors Office (TDPO) yesterday said it has not received any information regarding Hung's remark of proactively explaining the incident to them.

The prosecutors said they received two reports filed by citizens, accusing Hung of obstructing official operations and intimidating officials. The prosecutors said they will investigate the incidents.

As for the question of whether or not the prosecutors would question Hung over the incident, the TDPO responded that it depends on the decision of the prosecutors in charge of the case.

Over the past few days, media outlets have speculated that it was not Fang who ordered the eviction of protesters at the Legislative Yuan, which led to the demonstration outside the police station, but instead a higher-ranking official.

Taipei Police Commissioner Huang Sheng-yung yesterday visited police officers stationed at the Zhongzheng First Precinct, and said it was he who gave the eviction order at the Legislative Yuan.

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