Taiwan compensates for innocent airman's execution

AP News
Posted: Oct 27, 2011 5:51 AM
Taiwan compensates for innocent airman's execution

Taiwan's defense ministry says it will pay $4.4 million to relatives of an airman wrongly executed in 1997 after a court martial convicted him of murdering a 5-year-old girl.

The ministry said Thursday relatives of Chiang Kuo-ching will get the compensation for his execution and for the 314 days he spent in detention pending trial.

The 21-year-old Chiang was convicted of raping and killing the girl at an air force base.

Following relatives' numerous appeals, a military court acquitted him posthumously last month, saying his confession was the result of torture and coercion.

Another man has now been identified as a suspect in the case.

The affair has drawn intense public criticism, and President Ma Ying-jeou has apologized for the injustice.