Tai­wan not ready to abol­ish death penalty: pres­i­dent

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan’s gov­ern­ment is cur­rently un­able to abol­ish cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment be­cause so­ci­ety still needs time to reach a con­sen­sus on the is­sue, pres­i­den­tial spokesman Charles Chen (

) cited Pres­i­dent Ma Ying- jeou as say­ing Sun­day.

Chen's re­mark came af­ter some in­ter­preted a com­ment by Ma a day ear­lier as a sign that his ad­min­is­tra­tion might be con­sid­er­ing abol­ish­ing the death penalty.

When asked by a re­porter on his view of ris­ing calls against the scrap­ping of the death penalty fol­low­ing the re­cent mur­der of an eight- year- old girl in a school bath­room, Ma said two op­pos­ing views have been in the de­bate for quite some time — some peo­ple be­lieve that cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment is un­able to pro­vide a de­ter­rent, while oth­ers be­lieve that abol­ish­ing the pun­ish­ment will ac­tu­ally en­cour­age crime.

"I think we bet­ter ob­serve this for some more time," Ma said.

On Sun­day, Chen cited Ma as say­ing that the gov­ern­ment is un­able to scrap cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment at the mo­ment, but will con­tinue to work to­ward re­duc­ing its use.

When meet­ing re­cently with a Bri­tish all- party par­lia­men­tary group in fa­vor of the abo­li­tion of the death penalty, Ma noted that the ma­jor­ity of the peo­ple in Tai­wan are against abol­ish­ing cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment, Chen said.

The pres­i­dent also cited a Min­istry of Jus­tice poll in 2012 show­ing that 76.7 per­cent of the re­spon­dents are against scrap­ping the death penalty, while over 85 per­cent be­lieve that abol­ish­ing the death penalty would af­fect public se­cu­rity, Chen said.

DPP Not Ready to Abol­ish

Death Penalty

The main op­po­si­tion Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party ( DPP) said Satur­day that fur­ther dia­logue and com­mu­ni­ca­tion with those who ad­vo­cate abol­ish­ing cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment is nec­es­sary.

DPP spokesman Wang Min­sheng ( ) said ev­ery child is the dar­ling of their par­ents and that the party was sad­dened by the tragedy. He added that ev­ery child should be able to study in an en­vi­ron­ment free from fear.

Wang said that there are com­plex and se­ri­ous so­cial prob­lems be­hind the killing and not just the is­sue of cam­pus se­cu­rity.

He noted that on the is­sue of abol­ish­ing the death penalty, there are still de­fi­cien­cies in the com­ple­men­tary mea­sures of the cur­rent law, and also dif­fer­ent views in so­ci­ety re­gard­ing the is­sue.

"We need to have fur­ther dia­logue and com­mu­ni­ca­tion," he said.

The

sus­pect, Kung Chung- an ( ) , 29, al­legedly killed the child be­cause he was un­der great pres­sure and suf­fer­ing from hal­lu­ci­na­tions.

His older brother said Kung moved out of the fam­ily home five years ago, and added that he did now know how a pre­vi­ously nor­mal per­son could turn into a killer.

CNA

This photo taken yes­ter­day shows the en­trance of Wen­hua El­e­men­tary School, where a sec­ond-grade school­girl was mur­dered last week. While the bru­tal attack has re­vived de­bate on the death penalty, both the pres­i­dent and the Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party said yes­ter­day that Tai­wan is not ready to take ac­tion on the pol­icy.

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