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Lu challenges renowned forensic scientist on 319 shooting incident

Lu challenges renowned forensic scientist on 319 shooting incident

Taipei, March 10 (CNA) Former Vice President Annette Lu accused Henry Lee, one of the world's foremost forensic scientists, of incorrectly describing the trajectory of a bullet that hit her five years ago while she was campaigning for re-election in Tainan.
"Dr. Henry Lee, you are wrong, " said Lu bluntly at the launching of her new book on the high-profile shooting incident, which happened on the eve of the March 20, 2004 presidential election.
Lu, who said she did not believe former President Chen Shui-bian could have staged the shooting, as some believe, argued that the bullet that hit her after piercing the windshield of the jeep she was riding in was following an upward trajectory.
Lee's forensic team concluded at the time that the bullet was moving downward at a 4 degree angle.
Lu based her argument on the relative position of the knee struck by the bullet, which was about 150 centimeters off the ground because she was propped up by two mineral water cartons, and the bullet hole in the jeep's windshield, which was about 147 cms off the ground.
The incident has been seen by some as delivering re-election to the Chen and Lu by fewer than 30,000 votes because of the sympathy votes they received.
Both Chen and Lu were each injured by a bullet in the shooting.
While a special investigation task force concluded both bullets were shot from the same gun, Lu had her doubts, saying it was unlikely the suspect fingered by the task force who was not known to be an accomplished shooter could have gotten off two accurate shots in 0.63 seconds. Many of the questions in the case were left unanswered following the death of the major suspect, Chen Yi-hsiung, whose body was found roughly a week after the shooting.
In her book, Lu laid out a series of questions over the "facts" offered by prosecutors responsible for the investigation.
(By Elizabeth Hsu)




Updated : 2021-06-13 11:31 GMT+08:00