Court jails organizer of fatal party in Taiwan

A court in Taiwan Tuesday sentenced the organizer of a dance party, at which an explosion led to the deaths of 15 people, to four years and 10 months in jail, a media report said.

The explosion at a water park in New Taipei on June 27 last year also injured 500 people, the Central News Agency reported.

Coloured cornstarch powder pumped into the air caught fire at the party organized by Lu Chung-chi. Prosecutors had said that the explosion happened when some of the powder came into contact with a powerful light on the stage.

According to Taiwan Shilin District Court, Lu admitted that he did not pay sufficient attention to the management of the powder, which posed potential risks to partygoers.

Judge Huang Ya-jun told a news conference that the highest sentence for "business negligent homicide" is five years. "Lu was sentenced to 4 years and 10 months because he has had a plan to compensate victims and their families," she said.

Dozens of victims' families protested outside the court, saying the sentence given to Lu disappointed them.

Yu Yung-cheng, who was injured in the accident, said the judgment was unacceptable. "How could this be possible? Many people died in the accident," he said in tears, according to the Central News Agency.

Some 429 victims and families are seeking 21 billion Taiwan dollars (649 million US dollars) compensation in the courts from Lu and related companies involved.

Last update: Tue, 26/04/2016 - 10:52

More from World

US astronaut John Glenn - "ultimate hometown hero" - dies at age 95

Former astronaut and US senator John Glenn, who shot to fame in 1962 as the first American to orbit the Earth, died...

Gambian president-elect says he will reverse decision to leave ICC

Gambia will reverse its decision to leave the International Criminal Court, president-elect Adama Barrow announced...

Tsunami threat declared over for Solomon Islands after massive quake

The tsunami threat from Friday's magnitude-7.8 earthquake near the Solomon Islands has passed, says the Pacific...

Saudi Arabia "playing proxy wars," Boris Johnson says in latest gaffe

British ally Saudi Arabia is "puppeteering and playing proxy wars" in the Middle East and, like Iran, is "twisting...

Russia: Syrian military suspends Aleppo attacks to allow evacuation

The Syrian military has suspended its attacks on militant-held eastern Aleppo to let civilians be evacuated to...