Military officer claims to have opposed to Hung's detention
By Katherine Wei,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Former 269th Brigade military police officer Kuo Yu-lung (郭毓龍) yesterday testified in the Taoyuan District Court (TDC) that he had expressed his opposition to late corporal Hung Chung-chiu's detention punishment to two senior officers in charge.
September 14, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The TDC summoned Kuo, one of the eighteen defendants held responsible for Hung's death, to testify and elaborate on the legitimacy of the military's procedures in sending Hung into the brig.
Kuo said he knew that military personnel are not punished by detention for violating the military's regulations on protecting information security, a piece of knowledge he claimed to have informed 269th Brigade Commander Yang Fang-han (楊方漢) and Colonel Chen Yi-ming (陳毅銘) of, but his superiors ultimately push through the detention application.
When questioned about the process by which Hung was sent for a physical checkup and later to detention, Kuo replied that there were essential documents needed for the punishment missing; but according to the military regulations, if a detention case is marked urgent, the officers are required to submit all missing documents within three days.
However, Kuo said that the 542th Brigade — which called for Hung's punishment — had not submitted the missing documents after permission for his detention was released.
The presiding judge questioned Kuo about the timing of Hung's detention, to which Kuo replied that Hung had been sent to the brig to fill in papers in the morning of June 28 and the detention was carried out in the afternoon; a declaration that was proved false by the video footage provided by prosecutors, which showed Hung being shut inside the brig by morning.