Nine Indonesian crew to face murder trial in Taiwan
TAIPEI (AFP) - Nine Indonesian fishing boat crewmen suspected of murdering their Taiwanese captain and chief engineer faced an angry attack from relatives when they were brought back to the island on Tuesday to stand trial.
Family members of the dead punched the group and stabbed at them with umbrellas when they stepped off a coastguard frigate that had taken them to the north-eastern fishing port of Suao.
A family member fell into the water in the melee, but was rescued, televised images showed. The assault was so violent that coastguard members had to retreat temporarily to the ship with the nine.
The coastguard said in a statement that the Indonesians are suspected of murdering Mr Chen Te-sheng, skipper of the Te Hung Hsing No. 368 fishing boat, and chief engineer Ho Chang-lin, and of throwing the bodies overboard.