MAYOR MOCKED:A Facebook campaign targeting Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said more community activities should be organized ‘to lure the eccentric Ko from his home’
Date: Apr 03, 2016
By: Sean Lin / Staff reporter
The Taipei District Court yesterday ruled that the Taipei City Government’s alleged forced
hospitalization of a homeless man surnamed Ting (丁) on Thursday was flawed, demanding that Ting be discharged immediately from Taipei City Hospital’s Songde Branch.
It is unclear whether Ting had any intention of hurting himself or others at the time of his hospitalization, but Ting was hospitalized against his will and deprived of his personal freedom, which is a breach of the Mental Health Act (精神衛生法), the court said.
The Songde hospital on Friday night said that it had transported Ting back to his usual spot at National Chengchi University (NCCU) in a taxi out of respect for his request to be discharged made in a teleconference with the court earlier that afternoon.
However, questions over the incident remained as statements by Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) and the Taipei Department of Health did not seem to match up, adding to the confusion over the incident. [FULL STORY]