Tainan court denies it was too lenient in quake-collapse case

The China Post
Date: November 28, 2016

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Tainan District Court on Sunday rejected criticism that it was too lenient in its sentencing of five people implicated in the collapse of a housing complex in Tainan following an earthquake in February that resulted in the deaths of 115 residents.

The five individuals, involved in the construction of the complex, were found guilty of “professional negligence resulting in death” and given five-year prison sentences on Friday. They were also fined NT$90,000 (US$2,824) each. The verdict can be appealed.

Among the people who lashed out at the sentencing was Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te (賴清德).

In a TV interview on Saturday, Lai said that although the five defendants were found guilty, there was a big gap between the sentences and public expectations.    [FULL  STORY]

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