Tuesday, February 6, 2024

A possible encore for military courts in Taiwan

In 2013, Taiwan abolished its military courts. Now there's a suggestion that they need to be revived. The Taipei Times reports:

A Legislative Research Bureau report recommends that under special circumstances major misconduct or offenses by soldiers could be addressed by a provisional military court to expedite trials.

Military officials and experts have said that the restoration this year of one-year compulsory military service would likely lead to more incidents of fighting and insubordination, and without military tribunals, which were abolished in 2013, they would be unable to quickly address certain offenses.

The current civilian court system could take too long to address matters, which would negatively affect troop morale, therefore the government must finds ways to expedite the trial process for soldiers, the bureau’s report said.

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