Chinese man deported for Lennon Wall vandalism

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Chinese man deported for Lennon Wall vandalism

Taipei, Oct. 28 (CNA) A Chinese businessman was deported from Taiwan on Monday night after ripping down messages on a Lennon Wall in Taichung and being arrested for vandalism, according to the National Immigration Agency (NIA).

After collecting evidence, Taichung police turned the 35-year-old Chinese man surnamed Hu over to prosecutors for tearing down posters and messages supporting Hong Kong protests from a Lennon Wall in an underground passageway on Mei-tsun Rd. in Taichung on Sunday.

The Taichung District Prosecutors Office said Sunday it granted Hu a deferred prosecution, and ordered him to donate NT$30,000 (US$999) to charity and receive instruction on the rule of law before being allowed to leave Taiwan.

It also said Hu would be barred from leaving the country and required to report to the prosecutors office every day before the case ended, according to prosecutors.

Following the prosecutors' decision, the National Immigration Agency ordered Hu forcibly deported from the country Monday and said he would not be allowed to land in Taiwan for five years from the date of deportation.

Before Hu left Taichung Airport on Monday night, he was given 30 minutes of instruction by a Taichung prosecutor on the rule of law and Taiwan's status as a country that protects freedom of speech and adheres to the rule of law.

"I understand I'm wrong," Hu said in response, adding that he understood Taiwan's regulations regarding the rule of law, according to Taichung prosecutors.

He also paid NT$30,000 in fines.

Hu, who comes from Wuhan in central China, was in Taiwan on a business visa for a one-week visit, according to investigators, but it was not clear what kind of business he was involved in.

Meanwhile, Chen Chih-hou (陳致豪), the creator of the Lennon Wall in Taichung, said on his Facebook page that Taiwanese people cannot tolerate the use of violence to harm freedom of speech.

(By Huang Li-yun, Su Mu-chun, Chao Li-yan and Evelyn Kao)
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