Taiwan releases list of 10 military court judges who sentenced 1,153 detainees to death

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A government commission in Taiwan has released a list of 10 military court judges who sentenced a combined 1,153 political detainees to death during four decades of Kuomintang authoritarian rule.

Taiwan`s Apple Daily reported that the list was released on Saturday by the Transitional Justice Commission which oversees efforts to redress human rights violations by the autocratic Kuomintang (KMT) regime under the late Chiang Kai-shek and his son Ching-kuo from August 1945 to May 1991.

The Kuomintang fled to the island after losing the Chinese civil war.

The list of judges who issued the most death sentences was culled from a database of over 10,000 military court verdicts created by the commission in 2020 last year from previously secret files.

Most victims were civilians arrested for sedition by the martial law regime and sentenced in tribunals convened under the then Taiwan Garrison Command.

One judge, Yin Ching-wen, issued 203 death sentences.

“Disclosing the names of these death judges is the least that can be done to impose some moral responsibility on perpetrators and restore historical justice for victims and their families,’’ lawyer Huang Di-ying told dpa.

The announcement was part of commemorations of the 74th anniversary of the “February 28 Incident’’ of 1947, a spontaneous rebellion against the KMT regime which was suppressed at the cost of 20,000 lives.

More than 200 people took part in a solemn march in Taipei City on Sunday urging President Tsai Ing-wen`s Democratic Progressive Party administration to take stronger action to correct the harms caused by the KMT party-state.

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