Police accused of foreign worker assault cover-up

The China Post news staff

A worker from Vietnam was found to have become paralyzed after being allegedly beat up twice within four years, as a result of the police failing to rescue the victim and trying to cover up the case after receiving a emergency call from Hsieh, Wu Yu-jen, a lawmaker-at-large of the ruling Kuomintang, said yesterday.

Wu said that based on a recent call from Hsieh’s friend, Hsieh suffered a violent attack on the way back to his dormitory in suburban Taipei on April 10 and then called the “1955” alien labor service line, but the operator of the line failed immediately dispatch police. Later on, the operator called the police to send ambulance to rush Hsieh to a nearby hospital.

After being observed at the hospital for a short while, Hsieh was sent back to his dormitory. But just three days later, on April 13, Hsieh was found lying in the dormitory with wounds all over his body. He was rushed to the intensive-care unit of the hospital, but has been in a vegetable state ever since.

Lawmaker Wu blasted the operators of the “1955” foreign labor service line for failing to undergo sufficient training, thus making them unable to respond quickly to rescue calls from foreign workers.

He also accused the police of trying to cover up the case, based on remarks by Hsieh’s friend, who said that the police wereimpolite to him and declined to answer his questions about the result of investigations into Hsieh’s case.