High Court rejects retrial of air force sergeant’s case

TIME LIMIT: The dead sergeant’s mother disputed the court’s claim that she had exceeded the 30-day limit between receiving new evidence and filing for a retrial

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 09, 2020
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter

Yu Jui-min, center, mother of air force staff sergeant Tsai Hsueh-liang, who died from a gunshot wound to the head in 2008, talks to reporters yesterday outside the High Court in Taipei.
Photo: CNA

The High Court yesterday rejected a request for a retrial of the case of air force staff sergeant Tsai Hsueh-liang (蔡學良), who died in 2008 of a gunshot wound to the head, with his family and supporters disputing military authorities’ initial claim that it was a suicide.

Tsai’s mother, Yu Jui-min (尤瑞敏), and advocates of judicial reform staged a protest outside the High Court in Taipei, decrying the court’s decision to overlook new evidence.

Yu has for the past 12 years fought to clear her son’s name and find out the truth behind his death. Tsai died during target practice on a shooting range on May 9, 2008.

Yu and her lawyer on March 9 presented new evidence — a re-examination of the autopsy reports and ballistic tests by weapons experts and forensic doctors at National Taiwan University College of Medicine — and filed for a retrial with the High Court’s civil division.

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