Tue, Aug 01, 2000 - Page 1 News List

Yin murder case one of president's priorities


President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) yesterday vowed to get to the bottom of the unsolved murder of navy Captain Yin Chin-feng (尹清楓) before the end of his term in office.

He said that allegations of improper weapons purchases and their relevance to the case would also be uncovered and a cross-department task force would be established to look into the matter.

Yin was killed over six years ago under mysterious circumstances.

"If any suspects are found to have high political connections, it will make no difference to the investigation. We are resolute in finding out the truth in this case. No resistance of any sort will be tolerated, especially from the military," Chen said.

"The task force will integrate a number of separate investigation teams formed specially for the case by different governmental departments, including the police, civil and military prosecutors, and the investigation branch of the military. At the head of the task force will be State Public Prosecutor-General Lu Ren-fa (盧仁發)," Chen said.

"As long as the Yin murder remains unsolved, it will be the biggest shame to the armed forces and the deepest wound to the legal authority of the country," Chen said.

Chen made the statements yesterday morning at his second official press conference since his inauguration.

Chen said that the Yin murder had been one of his primary concerns since he was a lawmaker.

"I called eight meetings concering the Yin case while I was the convener of the Legislative Yuan's Defense Committee years ago. I later gave up the investigation to run for Taipei City mayor," Chen said.

"Now that I am president, I am still very concerned about the Yin case. Maybe it was because of blessings from the spirit of Captain Yin that I was able to win the presidential election," Chen said. Ironically, just several hours after Chen gave instructions to all departments who are to be involved in the investigation, Control Yuan members who have been conducting their own investigation complained that they were not getting the full cooperation from the military.

Kang Ning-hsiang (康寧祥), one of the five ombudsmen of the Control Yuan involved in the investigation, pointed the finger at the Armed Forces Reserve Command (AFRC). The AFRC had been in charge of probes into the Yin murder for some time before it passed the responsibility to military prosecutors.

Kang said that he had told the AFRC that certain key people were to be summoned to appear yesterday afternoon at the Control Yuan for questioning, but no one on the summons list showed up.

"The main obstacles to the investigation of the Yin murder lie in part in the fact that the AFRC did not provide enough documents to the military prosecutors as it shifted the investigation to the prosecutors' branch," Kang said.

The other main problem hindering the progress of the investigation of the Yin murder, Kang said, is that "there are too many individual investigation teams involved in the case. A unified and integrated investigation team as proposed by the president should make things easier," he said.

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