Date: 12 December 2015
TAIPEI: Hundreds of Taiwanese took to the streets to protest the acquittal of a
tycoon accused of selling tainted cooking oil, in a string of food scandals that has sparked widespread anger.
Mr Wei Ying-chung, former chairman of Ting Hsin Oil and Fat Industrial Co., was found not guilty last month along with five others by a district court in central Taiwan. He could have faced a 30-year jail term if convicted.
Prosecutors have appealed the ruling, as a fresh wave of public outcry against the company surfaced with consumers boycotting its products.
“It is unacceptable that Wei was acquitted. We want Ting Hsin to close business and the government to know people’s anger at its failure to ensure food safety,” said Ms Monica Lo, an organiser of the protest. [FULL STORY]