Date: Mar 14, 2016
By: Lee Hsin-fang and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writer
Taiwan Association for the Care of the Victims of Political Persecution During the Martial Law Period secretary-general Tsai Kuan-yu (蔡寬裕) has called on the government to declassify important articles and reveal the methods that the military police used to extract confessions.
Tsai’s remarks came in the wake of a recent controversy caused by a military police visit to a civilian’s home over an alleged online sale of classified government documents.
The Ministry of National Defense later apologized for the controversy stirred up by the military police’s handling of the case, saying it would cooperate with a Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office investigation into what happened.
In an interview with the Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper) on Thursday, Tsai said that the military police headquarters’ actions were reminiscent of the Martial Law period.
The then-Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) regime declared martial law in Taiwan on May 19, 1949, which was not lifted until July 15, 1987. [FULL STORY]