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Prominent forensic expert to help probe Taiwan prison hostage case

Prominent forensic expert to help probe Taiwan prison hostage case

Taipei, March 16 (CNA) Kaohsiung authorities have asked renowned forensic scientist Henry Lee (???) to assist with the investigation of a prison hostage crisis in the city last month that ended with the six hostage takers -- all inmates -- committing suicide. Speaking to reporters after a speech in Taipei on Monday, Lee said he is reviewing documents related to the case and is expected to discuss the case with Kaohsiung prosecutors and police on March 19. Because he has several speeches and forums to attend, the Chinese-born American forensic scientist said he would only be able to review documents during his spare time and could not be sure when a result could be expected. One of the world's foremost forensic scientists, Lee is visiting Taiwan at the invitation of Academia Sinica, Taiwan's top research institution. Lee has worked on famous cases such as the O.J. Simpson and Laci Peterson cases, as well as the post-Sept. 11 forensic investigation. The Kaohsiung hostage crisis began on Feb. 11 when six inmates in the Kaoshiung Prison overtook guards and prison officials and stole rifles and handguns in a breakout attempt. The crisis ended early on the morning of Feb. 12 when the prisoners committed suicide after police surrounded the compound. The hostages were unharmed. The warden, deputy warden and head guard, who were all held hostage, were reprimanded later for lapses in the prison's security.
The investigation of the case is ongoing, and many answers have yet to be provided, including exactly how and why the inmates took their own lives. It was unclear which part of the case Henry Lee was called in to help with. (By Tsai Pei-chi and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-28 03:05 GMT+08:00