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Military personnel punished for involvement in wrongful execution

Military personnel punished for involvement in wrongful execution

Taipei, March 5 (CNA) Military officers and civilians involved in the wrongful execution of a serviceman in 1997 have been punished and awards that some received at the time have been revoked, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Monday. Twenty-three people were given penalties ranging from a reprimand to two major demerits based on their involvement in the problematic investigation and torture of serviceman Chiang Kuo-ching, said MND spokesman Luo Shou-he. Chiang was accused of raping and murdering a five-year-old girl at the Air Force Combat Command in Taipei in 1996, and at least six officers were found to have tortured and intimidated Chiang and contributed to his wrongful execution. But prosecutors did not file criminal charges against them in 2011 because they felt the effective period of prosecution for coercion -- similar to a statute of limitations -- had passed. The 33 people who were awarded either medals, certificates, administrative encouragement or prize money for helping investigate the case also had their awards revoked last May, Luo said. Chiang was wrongfully executed after being convicted of the rape and murder based on the coerced confession, but it was not until two years ago that the case was found to have been mishandled. In May 2010, the Control Yuan censured the MND for irregularities in its handling of the case, especially for obtaining a coerced confession from Chiang and ignoring a confession by Chiang's colleague Hsu Jung-chou. The Control Yuan is the government body dedicated to investigating and censuring improper behavior at public agencies or among public officials. Chiang was then acquitted of the charges in a posthumous retrial last year. The case sparked public outrage, and President Ma Ying-jeou saw to it that Chiang's case was retried and his name cleared after prosecutors found Chiang's conviction and death sentence to be the result of a coerced confession, according to Presidential Office spokesman Fan Chiang Tai-chi. Hsu was sentenced to 18 years in jail last December for the rape and murder after confessing to the crime. (By Chen Pei-huang and Kendra Lin)


Updated : 2021-05-14 19:49 GMT+08:00