Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Dishonorable discharge

Fifteen years ago an airman named Jiang Guo-qing was executed for committing raping and murdering a little girl. Unfortunately new evidence found that the Air Force had shot the wrong guy. The poor airman was in fact coerced into making a confession that he did it only after being questioned and tortured inhumanely for long hours by eight officers of air force's counter-intelligence unit under the order of General Chen Jao-min, then commanding general of Air Force's Operations Command, the unit which Jiang was serving and later Commander of the Air Force and Minister of National Defense. Being retired for some years and claiming that he gave no orders to torture Jiang, Chen was denied entrance when he tried to visit Jiang's mother to apologize for this unfortunate incident. Chen and those eight officers involved in this wrongful killing case, according to the current law, were all immune from any indictment for the retrospective period for prosecuting wrongful deeds during government service is only ten years. That means they could all walk free with their handsome pension without bearing any responsibility for taking a human life so recklessly.

Nothing can bring Jiang back to life, but those who were responsible for his death must not be let go so easily. The Ministry of National Defense said that the citations and credits given to those officers for cracking the case would be deleted. In my opinion, those officers, including General Chen, must be pronounced "dishonorable discharge" administratively if possible because what they had done indeed disgraced the military.

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