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Transfer of military prisoners gets underway amid tight security

Transfer of military prisoners gets underway amid tight security

Taipei, Aug. 15 (CNA) The transfer of more than 200 military prisoners to civilian prisons got underway early Thursday under heavy security as the newly revised Code of Court Martial Procedure took effect. The first group of military prisoners were taken from the country's only military prison in Tainan in a Taipei Prison vehicle at around 6:20 a.m.
under police and armed military police escort.
Several other groups of prisoners were later taken from the Tainan Military Prison via escorted prison buses to various civilian prisons around Taiwan. According to MND figures, 254 servicemen who are serving their sentences at the country's only military prison in Tainan are eligible to be transferred to civilian prisons in the first phase of changes to the court martial system. Because 11 of them are either on medical parole or being held in custody at detention centers, 243 inmates at Tainan Military Prison would be transferred Thursday, an MND official familiar with the transfer said Wednesday. Another 53 military prisoners will be transferred to civilian prisons in the second phase of the court martial system overhaul that begins in five months. Under the revised court martial code, which passed the Legislative Yuan on Aug. 6 and was promulgated by the Presidential Office on Aug. 13, all military servicemen will be subject to the civilian justice system during peacetime. Military servicemen facing trial in peacetime will have their cases handled in civilian courts, while military prison and detention centerss are to be shut down, with military personnel serving sentences to be transferred to civilian prisons or detention centers in two stages. In the first stage, 178 cases pending investigations or rulings by military courts were transferred to 24 civilian courts around Taiwan Thursday. (By Yang Su-jui and Sofia Wu)


Updated : 2021-02-28 15:40 GMT+08:00