Four people on death row were executed yesterday evening, the Ministry of Justice announced last night.The death penalty, the article says, has not been carried out since 2005 even though it is on the books, and arguably, required. As the Taipei Times noted, this quiet policy had aroused no objections until the previous Minister of Justice had dramatically stated that she would not sign the orders. She was forced to resign after a public outcry. Unfortunately, this put the fate of the 44 individuals on death row in the public spotlight. The Taipei Times concluded:
The ministry made the announcement after the four people were shot with pistols at 7:30pm at four different prisons.
The four had been given death sentences and were executed in accordance with the law, the ministry said.
At a hearing held in Banciao (板橋), Taipei County, on April 21, Tseng said the ministry would review the cases of all 44 inmates now on death row, and exhaust all relief measures before carrying out any executions.They're going to whack all 44 this year.
“Carrying out the death sentences will not drag to the end of this year,” Tseng said at the time.
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