Thursday, June 23, 2016

Reform and its limits

A couple of years ago Taiwan hastily upended its military justice system and created an agency to look into injustices that had been committed in the past. One case that was reopened led to the civilian prosecution of the ex-captain of a destroyer for negligence leading to the suicide of an enlisted crewman 21 years ago. Now that case has fizzled because of the statute of limitations and the prosecution's failure to adduce new evidence. Details here. This is not going down well with affected families. "Critics said the justice system seemed to have come under pressure from the military, and that the process had been impeded at every turn."

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