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Judges defend Ting Hsin verdict

Judges defend Ting Hsin verdict

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As the full text of the not-guilty verdict for former Ting Hsin International Chairman Wei Ying-chung was released Wednesday, the judges at the Changhua District Court defended their controversial decision.
The November 27 ruling caused a nationwide outrage, with commentators from all walks of life and political parties condemning the outcome as giving food safety violators a clean bill of health. Wei and several other managers related to his multinational business group were found not guilty of any violations. The judges argued that the prosecutors had been unable to prove that animal feed-grade oil from Vietnam used in Ting Hsin’s cooking oil was unfit for human consumption.
In the text of the verdict published Wednesday, the three judges said that the anger of public opinion was shortlived, but the fairness of the procedure was eternal. Judges Wu Yung-liang, Chang Hsiu-han and Lu Mei-ling said they could not drop the fairness of the procedure just to please everybody, reports said.
Every defendant was innocent until proven guilty, a phrase which was the highest constitutional principle, the judges said. If the evidence presented before them was not sufficient, it was still necessary not to be persuaded to slide toward finding the defendant guilty, according to the comments by the judges.
The Changhua District Prosecutors Office had reportedly not received the official text of the verdict yet, but it had already downloaded the document from the Internet and was preparing an appeal. Public condemnation of the not-guilty verdict for Wei was followed by a general call for a quick appeal.


Updated : 2021-09-19 20:28 GMT+08:00