The China Post Website now has a story on the suicide of a major suspect in the train derailment case.
Here is the Taiwan news version.
Still waiting for the Taipei Times version.
This is one heck of a weird case. There seems to be some serious circumstantial evidence against the suspect, however it also seems to be iimpossible for him to have done the latest case of sabotage with his own hand.
[quote]Many argued that it was impossible for Lee to tamper with the tracks as he lived in Taitung and the accident occurred in Pingtung. A round trip between the two locations would have taken approximately five hours.
On the night of the accident, the police said, the act of sabotage must have taken place during the 76-minute period between the safe passing of the previous train and one that derailed.
In addition, if Lee had planned the accident, he would have had to make precise calculations to ascertain the exact moment of the train’s passing and to ensure that the carriage in which he was seated would not be affected, said one sympathizer.[/quote]
One thing not mentioned in these English reports but was on the TV reports is that he was wearing a lot of red when he killed himself (that’s what my gf told me). This, by Chinese tradition, declares his intention to remain in this world as a revenge seeking ghost.
I also think this case demonstrates clearly Taiwan’s questionable treatment of suspects in criminal cases. It has always seemed to me that the justice system in Taiwan is hampered by the foolish practice of telling the media too many details of cases still under investigation, and allowing the media to treat suspects however they like in their reporting. It is commonplace for the media and public to convict people long before their court date. Why doesn’t Taiwan handle this problem like a developed country, banning incriminating reports until a conviction or acquittal is reached?