Mental Health Issues Mishandled in 10 Death Penalty Cases in Taiwan

Four of the cases uncovered in the report involve defendants who have been executed.

The News Lens
Date: 2017/03/30
By: Edward White

There is evidence of serious flaws in the handling of mental health issues in the

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judgments delivered to at least 10 people sentenced to death in Taiwan over the past 15 years, according to a report set to be released later today.

Since 2015, lawyers and anti-death penalty advocates having been reviewing some 75 judgments in which the death penalty had been handed down by Taiwan’s courts. That work has led to an initial report, reviewed by The News Lens, which exposes a raft of flaws in 10 judgments delivered since 2004.

Four of the judgments relate to cases in which the defendant has already been executed, including Cheng Chieh (鄭捷), the most recent person to be executed in Taiwan. The 23-year-old was executed on May 10, 2016, two years after he killed four and injured 22 in a stabbing spree on the Taipei subway.   [FULL  STORY]

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