Builders given 5-year sentences over Tainan housing complex collapse

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/11/25
By: Chang Jung-hsiang and Elaine Hou

Taipei, Nov. 25 (CNA) Five individuals were found guilty of “negligent homicide” and handed five-year 201611250026t0001sentences 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]

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