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Captain deported to continue jail term for murdering crew members

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.

December 3, 2013    piawliangjohny@
Killing 15 fishermen from China ... that is not human even if he turn himself voluntarily. People, how can we forgive just one man killing 15 persons because of insubordination... look and study the unfairness between Taiwan and Philippines... The captain must pay all the 15 PRC fishermen 15 million each and punish him... and he must apologize to the family of those he killed. Now it’s Taiwan’s turn to apologize to PRC. ASK PRESIDENT MA YING JOU.
December 3, 2013    kingsolomon@
This guy should be exiled to Iraq or Afghanistan because of his trigger happy ways. Send him there so he'll be happy (birds of the same feather shooting each other), and at least the people he'll be shooting at has guns that can shoot back.
December 3, 2013    Mannetjie83@
Unbelievable!!
December 5, 2013    superkinez@
piawliangjohny@ wrote:
Killing 15 fishermen from China ... that is not human even if he turn himself voluntarily. People, how can we forgive just one man killing 15 persons because of insubordination... look and study the unfairness between Taiwan and Philippines... The captain must pay all the 15 PRC fishermen 15 million each and punish him... and he must apologize to the family of those he killed. Now it’s Taiwan’s turn to apologize to PRC. ASK PRESIDENT MA YING JOU.
Please explain what President Ma has to do with this case as this is a judicial matter.
December 7, 2013    wangjexi@
The murder of 15 people deserves the death penalty.
December 9, 2013    taipeir2001@
This guy shouldn't be let out of jail, he's a mass murderer!
December 12, 2013    stealthf1172001@
SO MUCH EMOTION. Is this all Taiwanese people have? This murderer was convicted and served his sentence for thirteen years in Mauritius. He should NOT even be prosecuted by the Taiwanese authorities for the same crime, let alone convicted.

A case with a finalized judgment shall not be prosecuted again, it is guaranteed under the Code of Criminal Procedure of the Republic of China. Despite the Criminal Code allows the ROC judiciary the authority over a crime may or may not have committed by its citizen abroad.

Let's look at this case. Does the DA have any crime scene report? Does the DA have physical evidence whether the boat or the murder weapon? Did the DA recover the weapon for the allege crime or the victims' body?

I'd say NONE of that. The case was simply tried with a slam dunk conviction because Mauritius already found him guilty in THEIR legal system.

I am not saying any murderer should go free or not prosecuted, the way Taiwanese people pressure the DAs to prosecute made several errors as we have all seen in the past.

Su-Chan-Ho case with two other "murderers" for example, the DA had ZERO physical evidence putting the three suspects to the crime scene yet they were convicted based on the words of others.

Is it the kind of legal system Taiwanese people want? Maybe this guy did murder all fifteen sailors I don't know and I don't care, legally speaking he shouldn't be prosecuted again. It's the law.
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