By: 23 Jun 2015
TAIPEI – Taiwan’s high court on Monday rejected a motion by the island’s longest-serving death row
prisoner for a retrial, saying the new evidence presented by his lawyers was not sufficient.
Chiou Ho-shun, 55, has been on death row since 1989 after being found guilty of kidnapping and murdering a six-year-old boy and robbing and killing a woman.
His lawyers lodged a motion with the high court early this month after two retired police officers backed Chiou’s claims that he confessed to the crimes after being tortured.
The officers presented their evidence to the top government watchdog the Control Yuan in 2013, which recommended an “extraordinary appeal” to prosecutors. [FULL STORY]