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Yin murder task force leader remains upbeat

By Jou Ying-cheng  /  STAFF REPORTER

The State Public Prosecutor-General, who is heading the multi-disciplinary group set up to probe the unsolved killing of a naval captain, is optimistic that all parties concerned can work together toward the common goal.

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) yesterday announced the formation of the ad hoc cross-ministry task force to investigate the murder of Yin Ching-feng (尹清楓) and related military procurement corruption cases. The group will meet for the first time this morning.

State Public Prosecutor-General Lu Jen-fa (盧仁發) will head the task force.

"It should be no problem for the armed forces to cooperate with the prosecutors in the investigation of this case," Lu said.

The departments represented in the task force include: the Public Prosecutors' Office of the Taiwan High Court, the Taipei District Prosecutors' Office, the Ilan District Prosecutors' Office, the Military High Court's Prosecutors' Office, the Military Judge Advocate Bureau, the North Mobile Unit of the Investigation Bureau of the Ministry of Justice, the National Police Administration and the Criminal Investigation Bureau. All the units have had a part in the investigation of the Yin and other relevant cases.

Before Chen's press conference yesterday morning, Premier Tang Fei (唐飛) summoned the defense, interior and justice ministers and the State Public Prosecutor-General for a meeting and announced the establishment of the investigative task force.

The Taiwan High Court Prosecutors' Office had planned to hold a meeting attended by prosecutors investigating different parts of the related cases today to seek cooperation in the investigation, but the meeting was cancelled because of the establishment of the Supreme Court-level task force.

In the meantime, however, the supposed procurement of a tape of the testimony of a key witness in the Yin case by military prosecutors was delayed yesterday.

Legislator Lee Ching-hua (李慶華) and Yin's widow Li Mei-kuei (李美葵) on July 25 visited former naval Captain Kuo Li-heng at a Hsintien military prison where Kuo is serving a life sentence for receiving bribes from an arms broker in a related weapons procurement case. Until now, the military has failed to comply with the prosecutors' request to produce a full transcript of what was said during the visit.

At the request of High Court Prosecutor Hung Wei-hua's (洪威華), the military sent the original tape recording to Hung on July 29. But the military admitted that the quality of the recording was bad and only "20 of out of 100 words can be discerned." Hung therefore refused to accept the tape. Lee Ching-hua was angry about this and accused the military of damaging the tape on purpose.

But on Sunday the military said that they had found and solved the technical problems causing the bad quality of the tape and a new and improved copy and the script was supposed to be handed to prosecutors yesterday afternoon.

But yesterday afternoon the military informed the prosecutor the script was not yet completed.

Taiwan High Court Prosecutor General Lin Jie-der (林偕得) said the tape could help the investigation and he has asked the military to hand over the tape and script by tomorrow.

Lee Ching-hua yesterday also visited Minister of Justice Chen Ding-nan (陳定南), urging an thorough investigation of the Yin case. Chen said that the new task force would do things properly.

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