Changhua Prosecutors Decide No Indictment Against Borough Chief 沿街廣播葡萄家族確診 彰化里長不起訴

Charges have been dropped against a local town chief in Changhua who drove around the neighborhood, broadcasting the news that there'd been a COVID-19 confirmed case in a neighboring borough. Prosecutors said he did not spread fake news, and the defendant felt relieved upon learning the news.


In May, the chief of Xihu Township's Zhongshan Borough drove around the borough broadcasting the news that there'd been a COVID-19 outbreak in a neighboring borough. The Changhua County Public Health Bureau charged the borough chief with violating the Special Act for Prevention, Relief and Revitalization Measures for Severe Pneumonia with Novel Pathogens. Prosecutors have decided not to indict the borough chief, as he did not disseminate false or untrue information.

Yeh Chien-cheng, Deputy Chief Prosecutor, Changhua District Prosecutors Office:” The defendant did go around broadcasting the news, but it wasn't fake news or false information. Therefore, the special act does not apply here. What he did does not warrant an indictment.” 

The news of no indictment lifted a heavy load off the borough chief's shoulders. He said his behavior merely aimed to prevent transmission of COVID, he was relieved knowing the justice system has proved his innocence.

Mr. Yang, Zhongshan Borough Chief:” We have many grape farmers in our borough and I did what I did for the sake of our residents. This was the only way I let everyone know what was going on. I never left my village and I didn't broadcast information outside of the village. Nothing I said was untrue. Justice has been served. If I hadn't done what I'd done, everything could have been much worse.” 

Apart from the borough chief, charges against a dozen people, including the general manager of Xihu Fruit and Vegetable Market Company as well as reporters, who had shared the videos were also dropped

 

 

廣播車在社區穿梭,向民眾說明確診者狀況,今年5月彰化縣溪湖鎮中山里楊姓里長得知隔壁社區有人確診,且曾到里內收購葡萄,情急之下開著車在社區內廣播。彰化縣衛生局依違反"嚴重特殊傳染性肺炎防治及紓困振興特別條例"移送法辦,彰化地檢署偵查終結,認為廣播內容確有其事,里長基於職責不構成散布謠言或不實訊息要件,全案不起訴處分。

彰化地檢署襄閱主任檢察官 葉建成:「被告廣播內容確有其事並非憑空捏造,故認被告所為與該條例所規定要件不相符,因認被告罪嫌不足予以不起訴處分。」

消息傳到楊姓里長耳裡,終於放下心中大石,他表示里內葡萄農眾多,當時的舉動純粹是為了避免疫情擴散,如今司法終於還他一個公道。

彰化縣溪湖鎮中山里 楊姓里長:「我為了我的里民,葡萄農那麼多我找誰說,所以我只能用廣播車啊,通知給我的里民知道。我也是在我的庄內而已也不是四處去廣播,這說實在也是事實確診的,只是一定要還我一個公道啊,要不然那時說得多嚴重。」

由於廣播的影片被不少民眾分享轉傳,結果因該案遭法辦者多達10多人,包括溪湖果菜市場總經理與媒體記者,也都已簽結或不起訴處分。

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