The Taiwan High Court, which has taken over the case of army corporal Hung Chung-chiu (洪仲丘) after it was transferred to civil courts, yesterday ordered a lower court to decide whether to detain two officers and a non-commissioned officer suspected of involvement in Hung’s death.
After reviewing a decision by the Military High Court to release the three on bail, the High Court asked the Taoyuan District Court to decide whether to keep the men in custody.
The Military High Court had twice rejected appeals by military prosecutors and Hung’s family to detain the three — the former deputy commander of the 542nd Brigade, Colonel Ho Chiang-chung (何江忠); company commander Major Hsu Shin-cheng (徐信正) and Staff Sergeant Fan Tso-hsien (范佐憲).
The High Court said evidence suggests that Shen Wei-chih (沈威志), the former commander of the 542nd Brigade, had called a meeting of the personnel allegedly involved in the case — including Ho, Hsu and Fan — on July 9, before paying a visit to the Hung family for the first time and may have colluded on a statement about Hung’s death.
The High Court said evidence also suggests that Fan returned to the 542nd Brigade base last week without notifying his superiors, a move it deemed suspicious and possibly related to the destruction of evidence and collusion.