Taipei, March 7 (CNA) A foreign national who was arrested last November for attempting to climb into a China Airlines (CAL) plane as it prepared to take off at Taiwan's main airport has received a five-month prison sentence for violating immigration and civil aviation laws, a court said Saturday.
The man, whose identity remains a mystery, needs to complete only one more month in jail after deducting time served during his detainment, the Taoyuan District Court said.
The court found the man guilty of entering "Taiwan without permission" under the Immigration Act, and attempting to "enter an aircraft without authorization" as stipulated by the Civil Aviation Act, the Taoyuan court said.
The foreign national had no identification on him when he was arrested on Nov. 2, 2019 at Taoyuan International Airport while attempting to climb onto the landing gear of a CAL flight that was about to depart for Palau, Taoyuan prosecutors who questioned him said.
The man was spotted darting out of the bushes on the perimeter of the airport and running to the undercarriage of a Boeing 737-800 as it taxied toward the runway for takeoff.
He was reported by the pilot of an Asiana Airlines plane, which was in line behind the CAL aircraft, and overpowered by airport security guards as he was trying to climb onto the wheels of the plane, according to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Co. (TIAC).
The man has refused to speak to police but because a bible and other books found in his backpack were in Russian, law enforcement officers brought a Russian interpreter to try to communicate with him.
However, the interpreter, a priest from an Orthodox Church in Taiwan, was unsuccessful in eliciting any response from the man, prosecutors said.
On Saturday, the Border Affairs Corps of the National Immigration Agency (NIA) said the man remains uncooperative and refuses to speak to anyone, despite repeated efforts to communicate with him.
As to what happens after the man completes his sentence, the border control authority said it is still looking into how to deport him.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel