By: Chang Jung-hsiang and Elaine Hou
Taipei, Nov. 25 (CNA) Five individuals were found guilty of “negligent homicide” and handed five-year sentences after 115 residents of a housing complex in Tainan died when an earthquake hit the southern city in February, according to a Tainan District Court ruling Friday.
The defendants were also fined NT$90,000 (US$2,824) each, the ruling said. The case can be appealed.
A five-year sentence is the maximum punishment for “genocide through professional negligence.”
The defendants include Lin Ming-hui (林明輝), owner of Weiguan Corporation, which built the Weiguan Jinlong housing complex in 1993. The complex collapsed following a magnitude 6.4 earthquake on Feb. 6, killing 115 and injuring about 100 residents. [FULL STORY]