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Monday, March 07, 2005

BREAKING NEWS: 319 shooter possibly identified

Local news reports are saying that Taiwan police have named Chen Yi-hsiung as a suspect in the March 19, 2004 shooting of President Chen Shui-bian and V-P Annette Lu on the eve of Taiwan's presidential election. Chen and Lu won that election by a small margin, and the opposition used the shooting as an excuse to riot for 4 consecutive weekends following the election. They also published a 20-page brochure called "Bulletgate" in the wake of the shooting which claimed that Chen Shui-bian "staged" the shooting in order to win the election. Copies of "Bulletgate" were sent to U.S. Congressional Representatives in a feeble attempt to gain support for their quest for "the truth," and I have already published 20 installations (3 introductory sections and Parts 1 through 17) of a "shootdown" of "Bulletgate." (See sidebar for links.)

Vice-President Lu just announced that police have "broken" made a breakthrough in the case, but People First Party (PFP) legislator Liu Wen-hsiung (AKA Mr. Bulldozer) is still stirring doubts among pan-blue supporters, saying that things aren't so clear.

The biggest problem is that the suspect is dead. He drowned on March 28, 2004 -- just 9 days after the shooting.

Here's some of the evidence that has been presented so far:
* Video footage of the suspect near the crime scene
* A will and/or suicide note that were made out just before the suspect's death (Note: I'm told that the Chinese words yi2 shu1 can be translated into English as either "will" or "suicide note")
* An admission by the suspect's wife that he had told her he did it
We must obviously wait for forensics to verify whether Chen Yi-hsiung's death was a suicide, whether the note was written by him (I think I just heard the news say that his family members had already destroyed some of the evidence), whether the gun that was used to shoot the president -- which hasn't yet been found -- can be connected to the suspect, and whether other evidence, such as telephone records or the yellow jacket the suspect was seen wearing in the video footage, can provide further information. Without these things -- though I suspect even with them -- the pan-blues will never stop crying for "the truth."
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