No political calculation behind executions: Justice Ministry
The execution of six deathrow inmates on Friday was carried out in accordance with law without any political calculation, Deputy Justice Minister Chen Ming-tang said Saturday.
The executions have nothing to do with quelling public outrage, and people should not make wild speculations, Chen said.
He was responding to a statement issued by Amnesty Interna- tional, the London-based human rights group, which said the execution of the six inmates is a “regressive decision that does not deliver justice.”
The group said that they were carried out amid public outrage following the random killing of an 8-year-old girl in a Taipei school last week by an alumnus of the school who was unemployed and claimed he had hallucinations.
“The decision to carry out the executions reeks of political calculations by a government attempting to gain points by quelling public anger,” it said.
Chen said whether the death penalty should be abolished remains a controversial issue in many countries around the world, and there is not an international treaty requiring all countries to abolish the death penalty.
He stressed that the Republic of China has abolished mandatory death penalty, but there are seven to eight kinds of crimes where judges have the discretion to impose capital punishment. Even the United States and Japan have not abolished the death penalty, he noted.
In 2014, Taiwan executed five people on death row and imposed one new death sentence, all involving people convicted of murder.