Despite ministry dropping charges, students to be indicted
Prosecutors and police said yesterday that they are gathering evidence on indictable offenses against several anti-curriculum protestors while local investigations continue, despite the Education Ministry’s decision to drop charges against the students.
Police officials stated that they have gathered evidence that shows that when the protestors broke into the Ministry of Education on July 23, they harassed many Ministry of Education officials and can be charged on many counts of burglary, obstruction of freedom and official business.
Although the Ministry of Education originally indicated its desire to prosecute the students who stormed the Ministry of Education, the ministry’s secretary general announced Monday that prosecutions against the protesting students will be dropped because the anticurriculum students agreed to with- draw their protests before Typhoon Soudelor.
Despite the ministry’s decision to drop charges against the anticurriculum students, legal experts state that the students cannot be left with impunity and must be held accountable for their crimes and actions. Police and prosecutors will continue investigating the events of July 23 either as a follow-up to the original case or as a new criminal case altogether.
When the anti-curriculum
stu- dents stormed the Ministry of Education, over 30 protestors were arrested. Eleven of the protestors were minors and were processed through the juvenile court system and sent home under the supervision of their parents. Twenty-two other protestors were arrested. Four individuals were released on under NT$30,000 bail, 12 under NT$20,000 bail and three under NT$10,000 bail. In addition, three journalists were placed under house arrest.