Lenient sentences over corporal's death
By Joseph Yeh ,The China Post
March 8, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- All 18 defendants involved in a high-profile case over the death of Army Corporal Hung Chung-chiu (洪仲丘) were given relatively lenient sentences yesterday, ranging from six to eight months, according to a ruling announced by the Taoyuan District Court.
Chen Yi-hsun (陳毅勳), the 269th Armored Brigade's sergeant who was charged with the abuse of Hung that led to his death, a serious accusation carrying a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, was given six months in jail, or a NT$180,000 fine, according to the ruling.
The relatively lenient sentence resulted from a lack of evidence to support the claim that Chen had tortured Hung to death, it said.
Meanwhile, Major General Shen Wei-chih (沈威志), the former commander of the 542nd Brigade where Hung served before his death, was also given a six-month sentence.
Shen, the highest-ranking military official indicted in the case, originally faced a maximum five-year jail term on charges of offenses to individual freedom and collectively levying punishments on Hung that were harsher than stipulated by law.
Colonel Ho Chiang-chung (何江忠), Major Hsu Shin-cheng (徐信正), Sergeant-Major Chen Yi-jen (陳以人), Sergeant Fan Tso-hsien (范佐憲) and Captain Liu Yen-chun (劉延俊), all of whom were Hung's superiors in the 542nd Brigade, were also given six-month jail terms, except Hsu, who was given an eight-month sentence.
The court also investigated another 10 defendants for their role while stationed at the confinement facility at the 269th Brigade during Hung's time there. Five of them were acquitted, while the rest were given five-month prison terms or a NT$150,000 fine.
Meanwhile, First Lieutenant Kao Yu-lung (郭毓龍), who served as a suspect-turned-prosecution-witness, was sentenced to a combined four-month prison term. The case can be appealed.