Mon, Aug 19, 2013 - Page 8 News List

Military may hamper civilian trials

By Wu Ching-chin 吳景欽

Unfortunately, the Taoyuan District Prosecutors’ Office has already decided not to indict anyone on the destruction of evidence because they could not find any evidence of tampering with the video footage.

Because destroying evidence is a crime against the state, no victim exists, so there is nobody that can apply for a review and request a new trial. Therefore, unless new evidence is found, there will be no way to bring any new lawsuits against anyone and the details of other possible crimes involved in the Hung case will remain unknown.

Abolishing military trials is the first step and the next step will be breaking through the closed nature of our armed forces and the arbitrary ways in which they hinder judicial investigations.

Wu Ching-chin is an assistant professor in the Department of Financial and Economic Law at Aletheia University.

Translated by Drew Cameron

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