High Court judges cancel bail ruling in military abuse case
CNATAIPEI--The Taiwan High Court yesterday voided an earlier ruling by a military court to grant bail to three suspects in the death of an Army conscript who was allegedly abused by his superiors.
August 17, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
The high court voided the ruling because the three — Col. Ho Chiang-chung, deputy commander of the Army's 542 Armor Brigade, Hsu Hsin-cheng, a company commander with the brigade and Staff Sgt. Fan Tso-hsien — may have colluded on their testimony.
Ho, Hsu and Fan were among 18 military officers indicted by military prosecutors on July 31 on charges related to the death of Army Corporal Hung Chung-chiu.
The three, the only defendants among the 18 military prosecutors wanted detained, were charged with offenses against personal freedom and imposing a punishment on a subordinate beyond legal norms, among others.
They are suspected in part of improperly transferring Hung, who served in the 542 Armor Brigade, to a military confinement facility in late June for an offense that merited nothing more than an administrative reprimand.
Hung died of heatstroke on July 4, just two days before his year of compulsory military service was to come to end, after doing strenuous exercises in sweltering heat in the confinement facility.
In this picture Hung Tzu-yung (洪慈庸), the sister of Corporal Hung Chung-chiu (洪仲丘), looks at a newly installed camera outside her house, yesterday. In order to prevent harassment, ...