Executive Yuan: Rescinding complaints against Sunflowers promoted harmony

  • Date: 2016-06-14
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan

The  Cabinet’s  decision  in  May  to  rescind  criminal  complaints  against  126  Sunflower  student  movement  protesters  accorded  with  social  consensus,  promoted  social  harmony  and  prevented  the  waste  of  judicial  resources,  Executive  Yuan  Spokesperson  Tung  Chen-yuan  reiterated  today.

Tung  also  stated  that  the  demands  of  the  Sunflower  movement  have  since  become  the  consensus  of  the  public  and  the  Legislature.

The  previous  administration’s  decision  to  make  the  criminal  complaints  was  politically  motivated  to  begin  with  because  its  objective  was  to  win  civil  compensation,  which  could  have  been  achieved  via  a  civil  lawsuit  instead,  Tung  stated.

Although  the  Cabinet  has  withdrawn  these  criminal  complaints,  some  Sunflower  protesters  are  currently  being  tried  on  criminal  charges  of  obstructing  governmental  operation  and  inciting  another  person  to  commit  a  criminal  offense.  Tung  stressed  that  the  Executive  Yuan’s  stance  is  to  promote  social  harmony  while  respecting  the  judicial  system.

As  the  principle  of  “no  trial  without  complaint”  applied  to  the  alleged  offenses,  without  the  Executive  Yuan’s  complaints  there  would  be  no  criminal  prosecution.  Hence,  the  Executive  Yuan  announced  its  decision  to  drop  the  complaints  prior  to  May  25,  the  date  the  trial  was  to  begin,  in  order  to  prevent  the  waste  of  judicial  resources.