Innocent soldier was executed for murder of little girl after confession under duress
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Former Defense Minister Chen Chao-min (陳肇敏) and four other
defendants will have to pay a total of NT$59.57 million (US$1.93 million) to the Ministry of National Defense in compensation for the wrongful execution of an innocent murder suspect, according to a ruling by the Supreme Court Friday.
Air Force serviceman Chiang Kuo-ching (江國慶) was executed in 1997 at the age of 21 for the rape and murder of a five-year-old girl at a military base. Later investigations revealed that he had been tortured and forced into a confession, while another man was found guilty.
Chen, who served as the chief of the Air Force Combat Command at the time, was accused of using illegal practices to force a quick ending to the crime investigation.
The Ministry of National Defense was eventually forced to pay NT$103 million (US$3.3 million) in compensation to Chiang’s mother, while the latest court case focused on how much the five defendants, including Chen, had to pay the ministry to compensate for that award. [FULL STORY]