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Three military officers impeached over conscript abuse case
Central News Agency
2014-05-05 11:21 PM
Taipei, May 5 (CNA) The Control Yuan on Monday impeached three military officers over a high-profile military abuse case that resulted in the death of Army conscript Hung Chung-chiu in June 2013.

The Control Yuan voted 9-3, 8-4 and 9-3 to impeach military officers Shen Wei-chih, Yang Fang-han, and Ho Chiang-chung, respectively. The three officers were then turned over to the Public Functionary Disciplinary Sanction Commission under the Judicial Yuan to determine their punishment. The impeachment condemned the three officers for "inflicting serious damage on the reputation of the military" and said they were at "major fault" in the Hung case. Shen and Ho were the commander and deputy commander of the 542nd Armor Brigade that sent Hung to a detention center for bringing a camera-equipped smartphone onto his army base. Yang headed the 269th Brigade that was responsible for the detention center at which Hung died.

Control Yuan member Huang Wu-tzu said a soldier guilty of Hung's offense should only have received an administrative reprimand rather than being sent to the brig. Furthermore, a decision to send a soldier to the brig should have been made after two disciplinary meetings were called, but in Hung's case, only one meeting was held, Huang said, calling the officers' behavior in bypassing standard procedure "unimaginable." Thirteen of the 18 defendants in the Hung case were found guilty and sentenced to between three and eight months in prison by a court in March. Hung, 24, died of heatstroke on July 4, 2013, after being forced to do strenuous exercise in sweltering heat in the brig. The death sparked major protests in Taiwan, especially as the military seemed to drag its feet in investigating Hung's death. Public pressure eventually led to new legislation that put civilian courts and prosecutors in charge of military criminal cases. (By Justin Su and Christie Chen)

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