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Vice commander detained over Hung

‘SERIOUS LOOPHOLE, DEFECT’:Colonel Ho Chiang-chung faces charges of offenses to personal liberty, coercion and punishing personnel beyond regulations

By Rich Chang and Chris Wang  /  Staff reporters

Neither the 269th Brigade nor the ministry has attempted to keep the video recordings from the public, Tsao said.

DPP Legislator Mark Chen (陳唐山) said only the “100 percent truth” of this case would be able to save the tarnished image of the military and restore people’s confidence in an all-volunteer force, adding that all military personnel should be able to tell the difference between grueling training and “torture.”

Meanwhile, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Alex Tsai (蔡正元) said that the rejection of Minister of National Defense Kao Hua-chu’s (高華柱) offer to resign showed that Ma and Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) did not take the public and their feelings about Hung’s death seriously.

“They do not understand that people are indignant about the matter,” Tsai said.

Tsai compared Ma’s reaction to Hung’s death with his reaction to the 1997 kidnapping and murder of Pai Hsiao-yen (白曉燕), the 17-year-old daughter of TV entertainer Pai Ping-ping (白冰冰).

Ma, who was minister without portfolio at the time, resigned from the Cabinet to take responsibility after a wave of serious crimes, when none of the other Cabinet members offered to resign to quell public outcry, even though Ma had no specific responsibility for such matters, Tsai said.

“Could it be that Ma is of the opinion that what led to Hung’s death is less severe than the murder of Pai Hsiao-yen?” Tsai said.

Meanwhile, DPP legislators Hsu Chih-chieh (許智傑) and Tsai Huang-liang (蔡煌瑯) held a separate press conference to appeal for an investigation into the controversial death of a serviceman in 2008.

The parents of air force staff sergeant Tsai Hsueh-liang (蔡學良) told the news conference that they still have doubts about the cause of their son’s death, which military investigators labeled a suicide. They appealed to the defense ministry to launch a new investigation.

There was not enough evidence to support the finding that their son’s head wounds were caused by him shooting himself with a T65 rifle because his wounds and the bullet trajectory were inconsistent, Tsai’s parents said.

Hsu said new evidence appeared to suggest that Tsai’s wounds were caused by bullet from a pistol rather than a T65 rifle.

Additional reporting by Shih Hsiu-chuan

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