Ma Ying-jeou ordered to Taipei court in retrial of Sunflower Movement police brutality case

Ma and Ex-Premier Jiang Yi-huah to be questioned after previous court decision overturned

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/08/12
By: Duncan DeAeth, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

File photo: Ma Ying-jeou (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taipei District Court has ordered former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and former Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) to report to court on Aug. 30 for a deposition related to the forced removal of student activists from the Executive Yuan during Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement in 2014.

On the night of March 27, 2014, under orders of Jiang, student activists were removed from the Executive Yuan, including several who had forcibly entered the building. According to a report from the Central News Agency, 24 private individuals have filed a lawsuit against the Ma administration which includes allegations of unlawful detainment, assault, and even attempted murder.

The prosecution asserts that the decision to clear the Executive Yuan came directly from then-President Ma, and that the manner in which the police conducted the removal constituted a breach of law. The case was previously thrown out by the Taipei District Court which ruled that officers’ actions during the forced eviction of student protesters were proportional and measured.    [FULL  STORY]

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