A court in Taiwan has given 26 years of jail term to a Chinese for guilty of ordering the killing of four pirates at sea in 2012 while serving as the captain of a Taiwanese fishing vessel.
The incident took place onboard the Kaohsiung-registered longliner Ping Shin No. 101 in September 2012.
Wang Fangyu, a 43-year-old Chinese national, was convicted of homicide and for breaching the controlling guns knives and ammunition acts, Taiwan news reported citing Kaohsiung District Court.It came to light in 2014 when a 10-minute video clip of the fatal shootings was circulated on the internet.
In the video, Wang Fangyu is heard giving directions in Mandarin with a mainland Chinese accent over a loudspeaker to the crew as 40 rounds of live ammunition are fired.
The four unarmed men in the water are shot to death one by one, with the video showing the water turning red around them. No images of the shooters are seen.
Taiwan Court said the killing of the unarmed men showed that he clearly had no respect for human life.
Prosecutors did not name the Taiwan company or its owner and the court’s sentencing documents also did not provide such information. However, CNA and other Taiwanese media have learned the company that hired the captain is Ping Shin Fishery Co Ltd.