Thursday, July 24, 2014   

Filipinos face murder charges for killing Taiwan fisherman
(03-18 19:19)

Philippines authorities will file murder charges against eight coast guard officers in connection with the death of a Taiwanese fisherman in May 2013.
The Department of Justice said in a statement a panel dismissed the claim of the respondents that they were forced to fire at the Taiwanese fishing boat. On May 9, 2013, coast guard officers shot and killed 65-year-old Hung Shih-cheng at sea, 164 nautical miles southeast of Taiwan.
The panel also did not give credence to the claim that they cannot be held criminally liable for the incident as they were merely performing their lawful duties.
Instead, the panel held that the respondents “all acted in unison with the common purpose of firing" at the Taiwanese fishing boat Guang Da Xing No. 28 to force it to submit to inspection.
“In this case, the National Prosecution Service found no evidence to indicate or prove that the Taiwanese boat posed an imminent or grave danger to the respondents before and during the pursuit," said the 79-page statement.
In the absence of clear evidence of such, the argument of self-defense cannot stand in this preliminary investigation, it added.--Xinhua



   
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