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The “Accidental Death” of Chong-Chiu Hong, the District Court Found, that it Was “Accidental”, the Eighteen People Involved Got a Light Slap on the Wrist

This, is the long awaited INJUSTICE, from the Front Page Sections, translated…

The case that caused dramatic changes in the military, the tortured death of a soldier, Chong-Chiu Hong got the verdict from the first trial yesterday, the Collective Courts in Taoyuan found, that Hong had died due to an accident, and of the eighteen plaintiffs, the most serious sentence was just eighteen months in jail, and, of them all, five were found not guilty; after sitting in on the trial, the mother of Hong cried and told, “It’s too light, I can’t accept this”, the white-shirted soldiers cried out, “the courts are NOWHERE near the level of court marshal”.

“We are displeased too!”, the former officer of the platoon stated, and, through his lawyers, he’d claimed, “I’m facing this head on, and I maintain my innocence”, He, Hsu, Fang, and Chen, the ones who were involved in the tortured death of the man all claimed, “Nobody wanted to hurt him, we should all be found NOT guilty, and so, we will surely go for an appeal.”

The district court in Taoyuan said that it’d respected the sentiments of both sides, that it had NO comment.  The D.A.’s office in Taoyuan stated, that they will decide whether or not to appeal after they’d received the verdict in print.

The District Court’s determinant of it was an accidental death was reliant on the coroner’s testimonies, of how the damages from the heat won’t accumulate, and that after taking a break for two hours, the man will be okay, the officers started drilling Hong at seven in the morn, and, fifty minutes later, he was returned to his regular activities, and, the drills didn’t come again until three in the afternoon, and that it was ANOTHER army officer who’d watched the men do their drills, and Hong didn’t get his heatstroke until five in the afternoon.

Shih’s testimonies cut off the cause and effect between Chen and the abuse to death, and, it’d lessened his sentence from life in prison to just SIX months, which he could pay his way out of serving hard time.

Yesterday, when the verdict was read, the group of public dressed in white shirt all stood outside the courts, supporting the family of the victim, and of the defendants, only Shen, and Liu were there, and the family of the deceased soldier were all there.

After hearing the verdict, the family sighed that they’re “disappointed”, Shen and Liu were very calm, after getting out of the courthouse, Hong’s mother had tears in her eyes, and refused to speak, the father and the older sister stated that “the law did NOT match up to the expectations of the public”, they’re thinking of appealing the case.

The one who’d gotten the harshest sentence in the case was the platoon leader, Hsu, with eight months, Shen, He, Liu, Chen, Feng, along with others involved only got six months, and they can’t pay their way out of serving hard time.  The collective courts found that they all knew that there’s NO punishment for taking a phone to the drills, and they’d still signed the papers, to send Hong into the chambers, and prosecuted them all based off of laws against using military resources privately.

And so, this, is still a SLAP on the wrist, seeing how the man D-I-E-D, so horribly, he was drilled too hard, because the superiors didn’t like the way he’d done things, and that, would be a problem in the M-I-L-I-T-A-R-Y, because you couldn’t show your individuality, you must go with the flow of the group, because if you stand OUT too much, then, you’d end up just like this guy, tortured to D-E-A-T-H!!!

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A Platoon Leader Called a Soldier “Scum”, the Soldier Committed Suicide, the Platoon Leader Said, that “We Needed the Disciplines in the Frontlines”

This, is VERBAL A-B-U-S-E, that had occurred in the armed services here, from the Front Page Sections, translated…

A solder, Tseng, three years ago, in the place he was serving his army term, used a rifle on himself, the family believed, that this, was caused, by his platoon leader who was verbally abusive toward him, calling him “scum”, and delayed his off-days, that’s caused the death, they’d asked for over three million dollars of payment; the Higher Subsidiary Courts in Tainan, on the second trial believed that normal people wouldn’t commit suicide because they were scolded, that there was NO cause and effect in the case, and still ruled that the family had lost.

Tseng is the eldest in his household, back in May of 2010, he’d entered the services, then, became a voluntary serviceman, and acted as the soldier who worked the cannons in Kinmen for the army’s directory department.

The next year, right before he was about to be relieved for the holidays in January, the platoon leader, Jien, used the excuse of not handling the sales well enough, and scolded Tseng, along with two others, called them “Scum One, Scum Two, and Scum Three”, and said, “Getting rid of people like you, it wouldn’t even take me a single bit of sweat”; later, he’d used the excuse of needing people around, and rotated Tseng, who originally had the holiday breaks first, to the last rounds.

That very night, Tseng took the time when the security officer went to his ward to straighten up, took the rifle, and killed himself in the bathrooms; the family believed, that the deceased committed suicide because of the platoon leader’s verbal insults, causing him to have too much psychological stress, and sued Jien, the platoon leader, for over three million dollars.

The courts had called up the soldiers, the officers, to try to understand how Jien had led his team; and most of the called-upon told that Jien would be more than emotional, and would use verbal insults with the members of his group, but didn’t show any over-the-line disciplinary practices, or abuse at all.

And part of his platoon said, that Tseng only knew how to get the tasks completed in a quick manner, but lacked the ability to adapt, and often, on a simple action, he’d take a very long time to complete; but the platoon leader would often just YELL at the brothers, or used harsh words with them, that it wasn’t at all, directed toward Tseng.

Jien, the platoon leader did NOT deny having yelled at Tseng, but stressed, how the discipline is very strict in the army, that in the frontlines of Kinmen, there can’t be any mistakes, that he was, very strict with his charges; that it was normal, for the soldiers to get disciplined by their superior officers when they’d done something wrong, but he’d NEVER gone overboard, or abused anybody.

And so, a dude is dead, and, this probably has more to do with himself, more so than anything else, after all, he was, easily C-R-A-C-K-E-D, and, the rest of the servicemen who were there told that even though the platoon leader was harsh with them, but, NONE of them took it personally, and yeah, maybe the platoon leader DID go overboard, calling the serviceman a “scum”, but that, is what you get, when you’d become high up on the totem poles in the army, because you were once, among the LOWER classmen too, and now, you’re the SUPERIOR officer, and, you may NOT know, that you’re passing on the way you WERE treated, to this next generation of people who are “new bees” in the army.

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