Prosecutors in Tainan yesterday formally charged former Taipei City Councilor Lee Cheng-lung and his friend with vandalism. The two beheaded a Yoichi Hatta statue in April. The prosecutors have asked for heavier punishment for the duo.
On Apr. 15, the statue of Hatta Yoichi at Tainan's Wushantou Reservoir Scenic Area was beheaded by former Taipei City Councilor Lee Cheng-lung and his friend. On June 26, Tainan District Prosecutors' Office prosecuted the two.
== CHEN CHIEN-HUNG Dep. Prosecutor, Tainan Dist. Prosecutors' Office==
Based on Lee's and Chiu's actions, they are charged with vandalism, under Article 354 of the Criminal Code. We ask the court to impose a heavier penalty on them, because they showed no remorse for what they did.
On Apr. 14, Lee and his friend checked into a hotel at the scenic area. They visited the statue and did a survey on it. They bought a wire saw afterwards. On Apr. 15, around 2 a.m., they cut off the bronze statue's head and took a picture of the decapitated statue. They left the scene after placing the head back in the original place. The head was found missing on Apr. 16, and Lee said he had no idea where the head had gone. However, this was not the end. On May 28, the two vandalized the stone lion-dog Komainu statue at Taipei City's Yixian Elementary School. In view of the incident, the police advised to impose a heavier penalty on them. Taiwan Chia-Nan Irrigation Association said it will ask for compensation from Lee and his friend.
== YANG MING-FENG Pres., Taiwan Chia-Nan Irrigation Assn.==
In the future, we will strengthen management of the statue, and add more surveillances. We will ask for a civil compensation from the vandals.
Lee thinks that the ownership of the statue should first be clarified before claiming for damage to the statue.
== LEE CHENG-LUNG former Taipei City Councilor==
I always have doubts about the ownership of the Hatta Yoichi statue. Whether the Taiwan Chia-Nan Irrigation Association really owns the statue should be clarified.
Lee insisted that there are reasons for his actions. However, he accepted prosecution based upon the law.
TRANSLATED BY：ARIEL HSIEH
記者 曹晏郡 沈志明 溫正衡 台北台南報導