Justice minister denies delaying execution of death sentences

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/01/11
By: Wang Yang-yu and Christie Chen

Taipei, Jan. 11 (CNA) Justice Minister Chiu Tai-san (邱太三) on Wednesday denied that his ministry was procrastinating on the execution of prisoners on death row, saying it was just being cautious.

“We have not said we will not carry out the executions,” Chiu said. “We just want to be prudent in our implementation.”

The allegations of the ministry dragging its feet on the execution of death sentences are “not true,” Chiu said in response to reporters’ questions on whether the government planned to carry out the execution of prisoners currently on death row.

The issue arose as the Taiwan High Court earlier in the day commuted a death sentence to life imprisonment in a case of robbery and murder.    [FULL  STORY]

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