By Yu Runze, Sina English
Two activists from the World Chinese Alliance in Defense of the Diaoyu Islands sued Japan Coast Guard (JCG) Commander for attempted murder and damaging fishing boat in Taipei, southeast China’s Taiwan on Wednesday.
Taipei prosecutors accepted the lawsuit, but they thought the evidence for attempted murder was insufficient. One activist surnamed Huang promised to provide more evidence later and demanded a 5 million NTD civil compensation.
On January 25, Huang planned to accuse Tadashi Imai, president of “Japan's Interchange Association”, over Japanese ships attacking Taiwan fishing boat. However, Huang’s lawyer warned him that Imai could claim diplomatic immunity.
The fishing vessel from Taiwan was obstructed by Japanese coast guard ships in the waters surrounding the Diaoyu Islands last Thursday.
The vessel confronted eight Japanese coast guard ships in the waters about 28 nautical miles southwest of the Diaoyu Islands at about 9:40 a.m. (Beijing Time).
Japanese ships obstructed the vessel by making waves and emitting black smoke, and later spraying water toward it. Taiwan's coast guard ships responded with water spray, LED signals and used an audio amplifier warning the Japanese from obstructing the navigation of the vessel.
All the ships arrived at the waters about 17 nautical miles southwest of the Diaoyu Islands, and the fishing vessel began to return. Taiwan's coast guard authority estimated that it would arrive in New Taipei at 7 p.m.