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Taiwan-attack case comes to court

A COURT in Taiwan has begun pre-trial proceedings for a case involving an attack on a visiting Chinese mainland scholar last October.

Seven defendants, including prime suspect Wang Ting-yu, appeared at Tainan District Court.

They all denied charges of attacking Zhang Mingqing, dean of journalism at Xiamen University in the mainland's southeastern Fujian Province, during his visit to Tainan in southern Taiwan.

Zhang was shoved to the ground during a tour of a Confucian Temple in Tainan on October 21. When he was in his car leaving the temple, a rioter jumped on to the vehicle's roof. Others beat the car with flagpoles.

Zhang, deputy chief of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait, was visiting the island at the invitation of the Taiwan National University of the Arts.

Wang, a Democratic Progressive Party councilor in Tainan, has been charged with inciting a mob to attack Zhang.


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