De­spite min­istry drop­ping charges, stu­dents to be in­dicted

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY MICHELLE YEH

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.

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