Ex-policeman acquitted in 1998 murder of colleague

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/03/09
By: Amy Huang and Evelyn Kao

Taipei, March 9 (CNA) A man who was charged in the 1998 death of a fellow policeman in Kinmen and an attempted armed robbery in 2000 was acquitted of all charges Thursday by the Fujian High Court’s Kinmen branch after years of appeals.

In the final appeal, the high court overturned the Fujian Kinmen District Court’s life sentence handed down in July 2005 against Yeh Wei-hui (葉維輝), who was a policeman at the time of the incident.

The case arose from the murder of police officer Tsao Yi-kuo (曹義國), who was found dead in a forested area in Kinmen on Oct. 1, 1998 with two bullet wounds to the head, three days after he disappeared while on duty at the front gate of a Kinmen police station.

When Tsao’s body was found, his pistol and ammunition belt were missing.

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