Regarding the missing section of surveillance footage, Tsao said that when military prosecutors inspected the footage on July 10 and discovered that parts of it were blank, they immediately sealed the video recorder and sent it to the Bureau of Investigation.
The bureau concluded that from June 28 — the day Hung was put in confinement — until July 3, when he was sent to hospital, all closed-circuit TV cameras monitoring the detention barracks operated without stopping and no one turned off the recording machine, Tsao said.
No files have been deleted from the recorder’s hard disk, he added.
Military prosecutors and the Taoyuan District Prosecutors’ Office are both looking into why a key 80-minute portion of the surveillance covering 2pm to 3:20pm on July 1 is blank, Tsao said.
Meanwhile, the Military High Court yesterday rejected a request by the Military High Court’s Prosecutors’ Office to detain Captain Liu Yen-chun (劉延俊), the vice company director of the 542nd Brigade.
The prosecutors made the request on Monday, alleging that Liu had abused his position to obstruct the freedom of a subordinate and imposed punishment that was not sanctioned by law.
The court said Liu had committed no obvious violations.
Military prosecutors have appealed the ruling to the Supreme Military High Court, Tsao said.
Additional reporting by Rich Chang