Sword-wielding attacker at Presidential Office gets prison term

Taipei, Taiwan's Supreme Court Thursday rejected the appeal of a man who attacked a military policeman outside the Presidential Office with a samurai sword, upholding the decision of the lower court which sentenced him to six years and eight months behind bars.

Lu Chun-yi (???), 52, received the jail term after being found guilty of attempted murder and carrying a lethal weapon by the Supreme Court .

The verdict is final and cannot be appealed.

On Aug. 18, 2017, Lu, a supporter of Taiwan's unification with China, attacked a military policeman on guard outside the Presidential Office with a Japanese samurai sword he had stolen from the nearby Armed Forces Museum.

The sword bears an inscription on the handle indicating that it was used to kill 107 people during the 1937 Nanjing Massacre in China.

The guard, surnamed Chou, was slashed in the neck and face while trying to prevent Lu from breaking into the building.

Lu, who threatened to "behead" President Tsai Ing-wen (???) in handwritten notes on his person and carried a People's Republic of China flag in a backpack he apparently wanted to fly from the building, was later subdued, arrested and taken into custody.

The Taipei District Court handed Lu a seven-year sentence, which was later reduced by the Taiwan High Court to six years and eight months after he settled with the museum over the theft of the sword.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel