Ma apologizes to the public over wrongful execution

The China Post news staff

President Ma Ying-jeou and the Ministry of National Defense (MND) formally apologized yesterday to the family of former air force private Chiang Kuo-ching who was wrongful executed for an alleged rape-murder crime he did not commit almost 15 years ago. President Ma made his sincere apology to Chiang’s family and the public through his spokesman Lo Chih-chiang as well as through a post on his page at the social website Facebook.

Ma also instructed the MND to seek ways to restore Chiang’s reputation via legal procedures and help the family get compensation. Lo said the president also wanted the ministry to hold accountable those responsible for the mishandling of the rape-murder case that led to the soldier’s wrongful indictment and execution.

President Ma also said there was still room for improvement in judicial and legal processes, despite his efforts to push for reforms. Although, the environment today is already much different from that of more than a decade ago. This case showed that all public agencies should exert maximum caution to prevent a repeat of a similar incident and to safeguard the human rights of all citizens in the country, said Ma. Earlier yesterday, the MND offered its deepest apologies to the Chiang family for the military’s bungling of the case and the negligence of military personnel that caused irreparable harm to the soldier and his family.