Last survivor of 1959 hotel death case petitions president

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/12/07
By: Sophia Yeh and Christie Chen

Taipei, Dec. 7 (CNA) Huang Ping-fan (黃屏藩) was in elementary school when his parents

Huang Ping-fan (黃屏藩, right)

and five other people were convicted of murdering a man inside a Taipei hotel run by his parents in 1959.

The case, known as the Wuhan Hotel incident, is considered by some to be one of the most egregious miscarriages of justice during the White Terror era from 1949-1987.

Nearly six decades later, Huang, now 69, and his 90-year-old mother Yang Hsun-chun (楊薰春), who is the last surviving defendant, are asking the government to overturn the conviction and are placing their hopes in President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), who backed the passing of a transitional justice law by Taiwan’s Legislature on Dec. 5.

On Wednesday, Huang handed a petition to the Presidential Office, calling on the president to help redress the alleged wrongdoings against all the defendants in the case.

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