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Taiwan jails 13 military officials over conscript's death

Published on Mar 7, 2014 7:28 PM

TAIPEI(AFP) - A Taiwanese court on Friday sentenced 13 military officials to up to eight months in prison over the death of a young conscript last year that sparked widespread anger.

The Taoyuan district court in northern Taiwan also cleared five officials of any wrongdoing in the death of Corporal Hung Chung-chiu, citing insufficient evidence.

Corporal Hung, 24, died of heatstroke on July 4, just three days before the end of his compulsory year-long military service.

His death triggered massive street protests and brought down the then defence minister.

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