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Two men found not guilty after throwing shoes at Ma

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taipei District Court (TDC) yesterday found not guilty the two men who were arrested for throwing shoes at President Ma Ying-jeou.

The case can still be appealed as yesterday was only the first instance.

When Ma visited the Human Rights Museum in Jingmei last year, shoes and folders were thrown at him during his opening speech. The Taipei District Prosecutors Office indicted the two men after the incident, but the TDC stated in its ruling that the men were only "displaying the freedom of gatherings and protests."

The two men were members of the Taiwan Republic Campaign (台灣國總會): Chairman Peter Wang (王獻吉) and a follower surnamed Lai.

Wang and Lai denied having violated the law when the case was taken to court. They stated that the shoe was thrown because Wang was displeased with Ma because he did not realize his promises to the people, while Lai claimed that he threw the folder because the information contained was false.

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