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Repairs of protest damages paid for by federation chief

TAIPEI, Taiwan --The Legislative Yuan will not sue student protesters for damage caused by their 24-day occupation of the main legislative chamber, as repairs will be paid for by the head of a business group, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) said yesterday.

The protesters, who occupied the Legislature to show their opposition to how the trade-in-services pact with China was handled, caused around NT$2.85 million (US$94,400) in damage, Wang told reporters, citing a detailed assessment.

The tab will be picked up by Hsu Sheng-hsiung (許勝雄), chairman of the National Federation of Industries (CNFI, 工業總會), Wang said.

By that arrangement, Hsu, the founder of manufacturer Kinpo Electronics, Inc., will in theory have the right to seek reimbursement from the students in the future on the principle of subrogation — the legal assumption of another person's debt, usually used in the context of insurance companies.

Wang however made no indication as to whether that would happen.

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