The Kaohsiung department of the Excessive Courtroom on Thursday diminished a Chinese language man’s jail sentence from 26 years to 13 for allegedly ordering the killing of suspected pirates whereas captain of a Taiwanese vessel in 2012.
Wang Fengyu was arrested on Aug. 22, 2020, after the ship he was captain of at the moment, the Seychelles-flagged Indian Star, docked on the Port of Kaohsiung. Kaohsiung prosecutors in October that yr charged Wang with murder and contraventions of the Controlling Weapons, Ammunition and Knives Act for the alleged killing of 4 suspected pirates.
In January final yr, the Kaohsiung District Courtroom discovered Wang responsible of the costs and sentenced him to 26 years imprisonment.
Wang appealed the case, however the Excessive Courtroom in Might final yr upheld the sentence. He filed one other attraction with the Supreme Courtroom, which discovered discrepancies within the proof offered, and it in August final yr ordered the Excessive Courtroom’s Kaohsiung department to re-examine the case for a retrial.
On Thursday, the Excessive Courtroom stated the proof solely confirmed that Wang had ordered the killing of 1 suspected pirate, not 4, and diminished his sentence to 13 years. The courtroom stated it additionally thought of in its ruling the intense safety points associated to the incident happening at sea.
The ruling can nonetheless be appealed.
The incident occurred on Sept. 29, 2012, aboard the Kaohsiung-registered Ping Shin No. 101 whereas it was working within the Indian Ocean off Somalia.
Wang was employed by a Kaohsiung firm to function performing captain of the Ping Shin in 2011, courtroom paperwork confirmed.
The vessel was working about 595km southeast of Mogadishu when it, together with the Kaohsiung-registered Chun I No. 217 and two different unidentified fishing boats, had been allegedly fired upon by a vessel crewed by 4 suspected pirates, courtroom paperwork confirmed.
One of many fishing boats rammed the attacking vessel, which capsized, depositing the crew within the water. Wang allegedly instructed two Pakistani crew members he employed to shoot the boys within the water, it confirmed.
The killings turned public two years later in August 2014 when a 10-minute video clip of the shootings was circulated on-line, after a smartphone believed to have filmed the shootings was present in a taxi in Fiji and an nameless particular person uploaded the video to YouTube.
Within the clip, a person believed to be the captain is heard giving orders in Mandarin with a Chinese language accent over a loudspeaker to the crew, as 40 rounds of reside ammunition are fired.
The 4 males within the water are shot one after the other, with the video displaying the water turning purple round them. No photographs of the shooters are seen.
Though Wang is Chinese language and the crime occurred within the Indian Ocean, prosecutors stated they had been capable of cost him in Taiwan as a result of the shootings originated on a Taiwanese vessel.
Within the indictment, Wang allegedly advised prosecutors that he was concerned in “monitoring down pirates,” however stated the shootings had been in “self-defense.”
Supply: Taipei Occasions, CNA