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Servicemen to be subject to civilian trials as of Aug. 15

Servicemen to be subject to civilian trials as of Aug. 15

Taipei, Aug. 13 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou on Tuesday promulgated an amendment to the court martial code, signaling that as of Aug. 15, military servicemen facing trial during times of peace will have their cases handled in civilian courts. The revised Code of Court Martial Procedure cleared the legislative floor Aug. 6 with support from lawmakers across the political divide. The first phase of changes means that crimes of abuse or improper punishment of subordinates, prevention of filing grievances, obstruction of sexual autonomy or manslaughter committed by servicemen will be subject to the Code of Criminal Procedure. Other offenses will likewise be subject to civilian trials starting five months later. Under the revised law, ongoing cases currently under investigation, trial or execution by the military justice system must be turned over to civilian courts to be completed. (By Lee Shu-hua and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-03-09 03:08 GMT+08:00