The Straits Times
Published on Oct 24, 2012

Life sentence for Taiwan election-eve shooter


TAIPEI (AFP) - A Taiwanese court on Wednesday sentenced a man to life in prison for shooting at a rally on the eve of key local elections in 2010, which left one man dead and wounded the son of a top politician.

Lin Cheng-wei was convicted of murder by the high court, which increased his punishment from the 24-year jail term imposed by a lower court that had found him guilty of attempted murder and manslaughter. He can appeal the ruling.

Lin was arrested after he fired at Mr Sean Lien, son of former vice president Lien Chan at a 2010 campaign rally near Taipei of the ruling Kuomintang party (KMT).

He had intended to kill a KMT candidate with whom he had a personal dispute, but accidentally shot Lien who was standing at the centre of the stage, police said.