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JRF stages protest in remembrance of Jiang Guo-qing

The Judicial Reform Foundation (JRF, 民間司法改革基金會) gathered around 40 supporters for a 10-minute and 10-second moment of silence in memory of wrongfully executed Air Force Private Jiang Guo-qing (江國慶) at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (自由廣場) yesterday.

Supporters gathered with the JRF, a nonprofit organization, to protest the wrongful conviction of Jiang, calling for his family to be compensated. They also called for the prosecution of Chen Zhao-min (陳肇敏), former Air Force Headquarters commander at the time of the case, saying he was negligent and overlooked prosecution procedures.

Jiang's birthday falls on Oct. 10, which is also the Taiwanese National Day. Jiang's given name was “Guo-qing” (meaning national celebration in Mandarin) because he was born on Double Tenth Day. A university student at yesterday's event said that it was ironic that Jiang was killed due to the mistakes of the nation, yet his name celebrated the nation.

JRF student representative Liao Zi-fan (廖姿樊) expressed the hope that the judicial system would investigate the civil and criminal liability of Chen and other related personnel. Liao also hoped that Jiang's family would receive government compensation. According to the Taiwanese judicial system, Chen cannot be prosecuted given that the prosecution period has expired.

Jiang's case, the rape and murder of a 5-year-old girl in 1996, was reopened last year. Taipei prosecutors concluded that Jiang's conviction in 1996 — with his execution enforced in 1997 — was the result of a coerced confession that resulted from the torture of Jiang by military investigators. New evidence found by prosecutors at the scene of the crime led to the arrest of Jiang's fellow service member Xu Rong-zhou (許榮洲), on Jan. 28, 2011. Xu later confessed to the crime. The Military Court last year declared that Jiang was innocent. The Ministry of National Defense issued a NT$130 million compensation to Jiang's family, but the family members have yet to receive it because the Taipei District Court is still processing court-related documents.

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Members of the Judicial Reform Foundation and supporters of the wrongfully executed Air Force Private Jiang Guo-qing hold 10 minutes and 10 seconds of silence at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, yesterday. Supporters stood with a life size cutout of Jiang and held posters calling for justice. (CNA)

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