Captain deported to continue jail term for murdering crew members
By Ted Chen, The China Post
December 3, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Gong Tai-an (龔泰安), the captain of a Taiwanese fishing vessel, yesterday received a 20-year sentence handed down by the Kaohsiung branch of the Taiwan High Court for murdering 15 fishermen who were PRC nationals.
Following appeals, the Kaohsiung court granted a reduction of Gong's sentence from life imprisonment to 20 years, in light of his voluntarily turning himself in for the crime, and his extensive cooperation evinced during the course of related investigations, according to reports.
The murder case dates back to 1999, when Gong, the captain of the tuna purse seiner Chin-Ching No. 12 (金慶12號), shot and killed 12 PRC-national crew members with his sidearm while traveling in the Indian Ocean. Three Chinese fishermen were reported missing after jumping overboard, fleeing for their lives. Gong shot the men for insubordination, according to his testimony.
Gong was later arrested and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment at a port in Mauritius, an island nation in the Indian Ocean. On Nov. 15 last year, Gong was released on parole and deported to Taiwan for further sentencing at the Taiwan Kaohsiung District Court.
Investigations by the Kaohsiung Prosecutors Office concluded in March of this year.