By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Survivors and victims of the deadly water park
explosion slammed prosecutors Friday after they indicted only one organizer of the color dust event, leaving the owners of the park to go free.
The Shihlin District Prosecutors Office announced Friday it would only charge organizer Lu Chung-chi with causing death and injury through negligence in the performance of his job for the June 27 blast at the Formosa Fun Coast Park in Bali, New Taipei City, which eventually led to 12 deaths and sent about 500 people to hospital, many of them with severe burns.
Survivors and their relatives expressed outrage at the prosecutors’ decision, saying Lu had been singled out while eight other suspects including the park owners, the family behind shipping company Wan Hai Lines Ltd., were left off the hook.
The organizer himself complained about rich people being able to escape justice, while he also doubted the official theory that an overheated stage light was responsible for the explosion. Lu claimed that the source of the fire was to be found among the public.