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LISTENING IN?Relatives of 24-year-old army corporal Hung Chung-chiu, whose funeral was yesterday, said they suspect that their telephones have been tapped

By Rich Chang  /  Staff reporter, with CNA

Ma promised to look into the complaints and said that anyone found to have illegally tapped the family’s phones will be held accountable.

Later yesterday, the ministry said it has not authorized any such monitoring and will punish anyone in the military found to have done so.

Meanwhile, hours after the funeral, homicide was listed as the cause of Hung’s death on the third death certificate issued by the military prosecutors. The prosecutors met with the family in the afternoon and handed over a document saying Hung died of homicide, Hung’s sister Hung Tzu-yung (洪慈庸) said.

The certificate was issued hours after the family complained to Ma that the military prosecutors had refused to list the cause of death, even though a coroner asked by the military to perform an autopsy said publicly that the soldier died of causes “inflicted by others.”

On the first certificate issued days after the soldier’s death on July 4, the cause of death was listed as “accidental.”

After protests by the family and a public outcry, a second certificate issued late last month said the cause of death “remains to be verified.”

Meanwhile, 32 days after his death and hours after his funeral, homicide was listed as the cause of Hung’s death on the third death certificate issued by the military prosecutors. The prosecutors met with the victim’s family in the afternoon and handed over a document saying Hung died of homicide, said Hung’s sister Hung Tzu-yung.

The certificate was issued hours after the family protested to Ma that the military prosecutors refused to list Hung Chung-chiu’s cause of death even though a coroner asked by the military to perform an autopsy said publicly that the soldier died of causes “inflicted by others.”

On the first certificate issued days after Hung’s death on July 4, the cause of death was listed as “accidental.”

After protests by the family and a public outcry, a second certificate issued late last month said the cause of death “remains to be verified.”

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