Date set for murder trial
A PUBLIC trial of three suspects allegedly involved with the Qiandao Lake tourist boat killings will be held in Hangzhou on May 10, the Hong Kong China News Agency reported yesterday.
It said criminologists from Taiwan as well as families of the 24 Taiwanese tourists who were killed on board the tourist boat on March 31 could attend the hearing, during which details and investigations of the case would be given.
Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) has also been invited to attend the trial, the report said.
It said fingerprints of the suspects have been found on the charred pleasure boat.
The SEF, which initially agreed to send representatives to Hangzhou, has yet to confirm the exact date of their trip.
The tragedy has strained relations across the strait as Taiwan banned group tours to the mainland.
A Taiwan newspaper report yesterday said, however, the travel industry on the island had reached a consensus that the ban should be lifted.
Hsu Chin-jui, chairman of the Taipei Association of Travel Agents, said there was no reason to continue the boycott as their demands had been met.
- CHRIS YEUNG