18 indicted over death of young Taiwan conscript
TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwanese prosecutors indicted 18 military officials on Wednesday over the death of a young conscript who had been subjected to "cruel and abusive" punishment, in an incident that has sparked widespread anger.
Corporal Hung Chung-chiu died of heatstroke on July 4, just three days before the end of his compulsory year-long military service.
His family said he was forced to do excessive exercise as punishment for taking a smartphone onto his base.
Chief military prosecutor general Tsao Chin-sheng said the 24-year-old suffered from heatstroke after being subjected to "exercises that were unbearable, cruel and abusive" that resulted in his death from multiple organ failure.