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Muslim workers settle pork-eating lawsuit

Muslim workers settle pork-eating lawsuit

Taipei, July 16 (CNA) Three Indonesian employees of a sports fashion company in Banciao, Taipei County who were allegedly forced to eat pork accepted a cash settlement from their former employer and withdrew their civil lawsuit on Friday.
Shin Hua Fashion Co. owner Chang Wen-lin, who was indicted in May, paid NT$150,000 (US$4,690) to each of the three Muslim women after negotiations between the two sides' lawyers.
In May, Banciao prosecutors recommended an eight-month prison sentence for Chang for allegedly forcing the three to eat pork, which is prohibited in Islam. After Friday's settlement, Chang said she hoped that the prosecutors will cancel their recommendation.
The criminal case is still in progress.
At a hearing at the Banciao Prosecutors Office on June 29, Chang said she did not force the three to eat pork or reduce their wages because they refused to eat pork, though she admitted to issuing a verbal threat that their wages could be reduced if they refused.
The incident caused Muslim migrant workers in Taiwan to rally on May 16, demanding respect for their religious freedom.
It also caught the attention of international media and the Indonesian government, which called on Taipei to pay serious attention to the rights of foreign workers.
(By Sunrise Huang and Deborah Kuo)




Updated : 2021-03-07 14:17 GMT+08:00