The Taiwan High Court on Wednesday turned down an appeal from three men who attacked a Hong Kong bookseller in Taipei last year and ordered the three to jointly pay the victim NT$300,000 (US$10,714) in compensation.
The high court ruling upheld a decision handed down by the Taipei District Court for the same compensation amount in a civil case brought by Lam Wing-kee (???), the Hong Kong bookseller who was attacked by the three men. The high court decision is final and no appeal is allowed.
The three men attacked Lam, who fled to Taiwan amid fears of Chinese persecution earlier in 2019, while he was having breakfast at a coffee shop in Taipei's Zhongshan District on April 22, 2020, days before his new bookshop was scheduled to be opened in the city.
The three attackers -- Cheng Chi-lung (???), Tseng Shih-feng (???), and Tseng Shih-cheng (???) -- splashed red paint on Lim, covering the victim's head, upper body, and hands with the paint and causing damage to his body, clothes, and backpack.
The high court said one of the three attackers had used a smartphone to record the entire attack, which caused Lam mental suffering so it decided to maintain the ruling from the lower court for the attackers to pay Lam NT$300,000.
Lam had previously asked the lower court to order the three attackers to pay him NT$3 million, but after considering the social status, knowledge levels, and economic conditions of the victim and the attackers, the court issued an order to pay NT$300,000 in compensation.
In a criminal case involving the same attack, the three attackers were given sentences ranging from between three to four months in a district court but the sentences were raised to six to eight months by a higher court. The criminal case remains pending in the Supreme Court.
Lam's bookstore in Hong Kong, which sold books which were critical of China's government, was closed in 2016 after he and several of the store's shareholders were taken into custody by Chinese authorities.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel