Justin Lin's case to be transferred to judicial review system: MND
By Shin-Han Kwan, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The case of Justin Lin (林毅夫), an economist and senior president of the World Bank, will be transferred to the civil judicial review system five months after an announcement by President Ma Ying-jeou, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said yesterday.
August 13, 2013, 12:12 am TWN
Born in Yilan, Lin entered Nation Taiwan University in 1971 and earned a MBA degree at National Chengchi University before serving in the military. On a midsummer night in 1979, Lin, still a captain of the Kinmen Defense Command, swam across the water to Xiamen, China with military identification, according to Lin's statement in March.
Lin, regarded as a continuous collaborator by the military, will be assessed by the Prosecutor's Office in the future, said the MND.
The MND charged Lin as a wanted defecting officer under military law. Lin's criminal responsibilities can never be erased, said the MND.
Other Cases to be Transferred
Based on statistics from the defense department, around 500 investigative cases and 250 enforcement cases are on the first wave of transfers, including the death of Corporal Hung Chung-chiu (洪仲丘).
The MND said it will immediately transfer Hung's case to the judiciary on the third day after the presidential palace announces the amendment of military justice law. Given that crimes in Hung's case were committed in different places, several courts have jurisdiction. The defense department said it will transfer Hung's case on schedule once the Judicial Yuan decides on the jurisdiction.
As for the inmates in the military prison of the defense department, they will also be transferred to corresponding prisons belonging to the Agency of Correction, Ministry of Justice after the revised law is in effect, said the MND.
360 Military Judges' Destiny Unknown
All martial law cases will be transferred to the judiciary after the legislature has passed revision of the military justice law. In light of this, the future of around 360 military judges is still unknown.
According to the Defense department, there are 70 generals and colonels, 105 lieutenant colonels and majors, 59 lieutenants, and 126 registries.
After the announcement and implementation of the revised military justice act, martial law cases will be transferred to jurisdiction in two steps.
With no cases to work on, those military judges could possibly provide legal consulting services in the military.
For now there is no certainty about the outcome of restructuring.