No po­lit­i­cal cal­cu­la­tion be­hind ex­e­cu­tions: Jus­tice Min­istry

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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