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Reconstruction Dapu homes could be possible

Reconstruction Dapu homes could be possible

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A verdict by the Supreme Administrative Court Wednesday could lead to the reconstruction of the four homes in Dapu demolished by the Miaoli County Government.
Then-County Magistrate Liu Cheng-hung’s order to raze the homes, including a pharmacy, in July 2013 to make way for an industrial park project caused nationwide protests and was believed to have eventually led to the suicide of pharmacy owner Chang Sen-wen several months later.
In January 2014, the High Administrative Court in Taichung ruled that the demolitions were illegal, but it did not allow for the homes to be reconstructed in their original location. Even though the Ministry of Interior decided not to appeal the verdict, the four families wanted to continue the case.
They turned to the Supreme Administrative Court, which ruled Wednesday that there were contradictions in the lower court’s verdict. As a result, the case should return before the High Administrative Court.
However, the court gave a negative verdict on appeals by 19 other families who wanted the original expropriation of their land ruled illegal.
Attorneys for the four families whose homes were destroyed expressed optimism that the reconstruction of the buildings on the original site could eventually be possible, even though the legal process would still take some time.
The issue turned Liu into one of the country’s least popular politicians. Since he left office at the end of his second term last December, he has been accused of having left a serious budget deficit in the county, while more recently allegations have surfaced that he wasted public money on numerous overseas trips during his period as magistrate.


Updated : 2021-09-18 04:33 GMT+08:00