Date: Sep 28, 2018
By Jason Pan / Staff reporter
The Shilin District Court yesterday dropped a case against two
independence advocates for their attempt in June last year to behead a bronze statue of Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) in Yangmingshan National Park (陽明山公園).
Kuo Chih-kang (郭志剛), 67, and Lin Ting-ying (林廷穎), 23, were acquitted of all charges on account of a legal technicality.
The Shilin District Prosecutors’ Office indicted the two defendants on charges of damaging public property, among others, they tried to remove Chiang’s head by using an arc torch cutter on the statue’s neck.
However, the court said that the statue was not public property as it was not officially managed by a government agency.
The statue was donated by local chapters of Lions Clubs International in 1979, but was never registered as public property by any government agency, the court said.