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Taiwan abolishes military justice system after abuse scandal

TAIPEI — Taiwan’s peacetime court martial and military prison system was abolished Monday, following the death of a soldier.

More than 70 military prisoners were transferred to civilian prisons. In August, 254 inmates prisoners were transferred, according to the Ministry of National Defence.

The ministry also handed over 160 cases involving military personnel awaiting trial to civilian courts and 280 cases under investigation to civilian prosecutors.

The reform of the military criminal procedure was sparked by public outrage over the death of army corporal Hung Chung-chiu after six days of intensive physical training at a military detention facility on July 3.

The Prosecutors Office for Kinmen Branch of Fukien High Court Monday issued an arrest notice for Justin Yifu Lin, a Taiwanese soldier who defected to China in 1979 by swimming to the mainland.

He later studied at Peking University, became an economist and a senior vice president of the World Bank, the state-run Central News Agency reported.

Minister of Taiwan's Veterans Affairs Council Tung Hsiang-lung said Monday at a legislative session that Lin remained a fugitive wanted on treason charges.
 

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