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Taiwan man indicted in fatal hospital fire

Published on Dec 25, 2012 3:09 PM
 
Firefighters and police evacuate elderly patients after a fire broke out at the nursing division in Hsinyin Hospital in Tainan, southern Taiwan on Oct 23, 2012. Thirteen elderly patients were killed and 60 others injured. A Taiwanese man, a patient at the hospital, has been indicted on murder and arson charges for allegedly starting the fire. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TAIPEI (AFP) - A Taiwanese man has been indicted on murder and arson charges for allegedly starting a fire at a hospital in October that killed 13 people and injured 60 others, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Prosecutors said they ruled out seeking the death penalty for the 67-year-old, identified only by his surname Lin, due to his confession of the crime and his poor health.

Lin, also a patient at the nursing facility in southern Taiwan, was accused of lighting tissue papers and throwing them into a storage room full of clothes on Oct 23, which caused the fire, according to the indictment.

He was arrested hours later and claimed he started the blaze because he was upset about suffering from cancer and other chronic illness, it said.

 
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