Commission begins review of military cold cases: Cabinet
By Joseph Yeh, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Executive Yuan yesterday officially launched a special commission under the Cabinet to review possible miscarriages of justice under military courts for the past 20 years.
August 30, 2013, 11:54 am TWN
The commission will review possible miscarriages of justice at courts-martial from the past two decades, and possibly launch new probes into cold cases should the families of conscripts who were reported as missing or dead during their services decide to do so, Minister without Portfolio Lo Ying-shay (羅瑩雪) told the Executive Yuan yesterday.
The commission is divided into five taskforces and consists of 15 members. The members are four representatives from local human right groups, three lawyers, four scholars and four government officials, Lo said.
After reviewing the cases, the commission members will refer them to judicial authorities should they deem the cases deserve a new investigation, she noted.
Chen Pi-e (陳碧娥), founder of the Association for the Promotion of Human Rights in the Military (軍中人權促進會), is one of the commission members.
Better known as Mother Huang, Chen is the mother of Huang Kuo-chang (黃國章), a conscript who served in the Navy before his mysterious death in 1995.
The Navy claimed that Huang committed suicide by jumping off the naval vessel he served on despite the fact they found no suicide note, Chen said.
Huang's body was later found in the seas of China's Fujian province with signs of external wounds, evidence which strongly suggested that Huang had been murdered, Chen said.
Chen told media that she wants to take the opportunity to have prosecutors reopen her son's case in order to determine the true cause of Huang's death.
The commission was set up as part of ongoing government reforms to the military judicial system after public outcry following the suspicious death of Army Corporal Hung Chung-chiu (洪仲丘) on July.
Hung, 24, died of heatstroke on July 4, after being wrongfully held in a military brig.