By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Former Defense Minister Chen Chao-min will not be charged over
the wrongful execution of airman Chiang Kuo-ching for the murder of a little girl, prosecutors decided Tuesday after a second review of the case.
In 2011, a military court acquitted Chiang of the crime, but the young man had been executed in 1997 at the age of 21. Critics said that Chen, who headed the air force at the time, was responsible for the mishandling of the investigation which fingered Chiang as the culprit.
The Taipei District Prosecutors Office launched a second review into Chen’s responsibility, but on Tuesday it announced it could find no cause and effect between the senior military officer and the execution. In addition, the case had also passed relevant time limits for the investigation, reports said.
Chiang’s mother, Wang Tsai-lien, has the right to demand a third investigation by prosecutors, reports said. [FULL STORY]