Taiwanese investigators finish probe, fly home

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A TEAM of Taiwanese investigators flew home on Thursday after finishing their probe into the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman in Balintang Channel by Philippine Coast Guard  members on May 9.

Prosecutor Lin Yeng Liang, the head of the investigation team, said they are satisfied with the data they’ve gathered so far.

But Lin refused to comment on the results of the investigation, saying the team still has to draft its conclusion.

He thanked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for their cooperation.

The NBI and Taiwanese teams will compare their findings, especially the slugs they recovered, to determine who really killed 65-year-old Hung Shih-Cheng.

The Taiwanese team, which arrived in the country on Monday, was composed of prosecutors Lin, Simon Lee, Liu Chia Kai, Tseng Shih Che, Chang Hung Jui and forensic experts Lee Jian Jiin, Lin Guh Ting and Lee Jing Wei.
Last Tuesday, the Taiwanese visited Manila Port Area to inspect the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources’ (BFAR) Monitoring, Control and Surveillance vessel which was used by Coast Guard personnel during the May 9 incident. They also reviewed the official video footage of the shooting incident, taken by Coast Guard personnel.
A day earlier the group conducted their own ballistic test on the weapons surrendered by Coast Guard.
The killing of the Taiwanese fisherman has strained relations between the Philippines and Taiwan.

The NBI team who flew to Taiwan was scheduled to return to the country late Friday.

FATIMA CIELO B. CANCEL

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