Judicial Yuan President Lai Hau-min (賴浩敏) yesterday said the nation’s civilian judges are fully capable and ready to handle any military judicial cases that may be transferred to the civil judiciary after an amendment to the Code of Court Martial Procedure (軍事審判法) was approved.
Lai’s remarks in the Yilan District Court yesterday morning came after an amendment to the Code of Court Martial Procedure was passed by the legislature last week, under which military prosecutions and trials during peacetime are due to be transferred to the jurisdiction of the civil judiciary.
Yilan District Court President Liu Shou-sung (劉壽嵩) said the district court plans to have male judges preside over military cases for the first year, allowing time for female judges to gain knowledge of the workings of the military.
In other developments, ex-convict and debt collector Tung Nien-tai (董念台) yesterday filed a lawsuit for “psychological abuse” against Chang You-hua (張友驊), a frequent guest on political talk shows, saying that Chang had made groundless accusations against military personnel allegedly involved in the death of army corporal Hung Chung-chiu (洪仲丘), adding that their families could not live with his alleged mental abuse.
Tung said a family member of a military serviceman indicted over the Hung case wrote to him, saying: “The family has been nervous every day because they do not know what fabricated accusations Chang would make on political talks shows at night.”
Tung did not say which family had made the complaint.
This was the third lawsuit filed by Tung in the space of a week.
He first filed a lawsuit against members of activist group Citizen 1985 and Hung Tzu-yung (洪慈庸), the sister of Hung Chung-chiu, saying they forced the legislature to amend the Code of Court Martial Procedure and violated the Organized Crime Prevention Act (組織犯罪條例).
Tung also accused Citizen 1985 of fraud, claiming that the group had illegally raised funds as an non-certified organization.
The group organized a mass rally on Aug. 3 at which an estimated 200,000 people protested against what they said was the military’s poor handling of the investigation into Hung Chung-chiu’s death.
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