By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
The European Economic and Trade Office in Taipei issued a statement that reiterates its
unequivocal opposition to capital punishment on behalf of the EU member states on Thursday following the latest execution of the convicted Taipei metro killer Cheng Chieh.
Cheng, the student who stabbed four people to death and injured 22 on the Taipei metro, was executed Tuesday evening, just 18 days after his death sentence was confirmed by the Supreme Court.
“We recognize the serious nature of the crimes committed on May 21, 2014 in Taipei, and the suffering of the victims and their families. We express our sincere sympathy to all those who suffered because of the committed crimes,” according to the statement.
The statement went on to say, “however, the EU reiterates that the death penalty can never be justified as it has no deterrent effect, and calls for its universal abolition.” [FULL STORY]