Taiwan executes 6 death row inmates (update)
Central News Agency
2013-04-19 11:24 PM
Taipei, April 19 (CNA) Six death row inmates, all convicted of multiple murders, were executed on Friday after six others were shot four months ago, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) said. The executions were carried out in the evening in Taipei, Taichung, Tainan and Hualien, two days after Justice Minister Tseng Yung-fu signed orders giving the final go-ahead, the ministry said in a statement. It marked the fourth time Taiwan has executed death row inmates since Tseng took office in 2010. He signed his first execution orders for four death row inmates on April 30 that year, ending a four-plus-year moratorium on executions. On March 4, 2011, five more executions took place, with a further six on Dec. 21, 2012. The latest executions brought the remaining number of death row inmates in the country down to 50, the ministry said. Tseng said that, after reviewing the papers, he could not find any reason not to carry out the death sentences. Despite his "leaden heart," he said, he decided to "do what should be done" and signed the execution orders in accordance with law. Among those who were executed Friday was the notorious murderer Chen Ruei-chin, who was responsible for the death of three adults and three children. Chen was sentenced to death for the killing of a woman after raping her in 2003. After being apprehended by the police for the raping and killing of a woman surnamed Chen, his last and sixth victim, in 2003, he confessed to the police that he murdered his two wives and three children over a span of thirteen years from 1983 to 1998 for the purpose of collecting life insurance worth a total of NT$18 million. Another of the inmates executed Friday was Lin Chin-te, who suspected his girlfriend of having an affair and set fire to the house of her brother in 2002, killing three children aged under 10 years old in the house's attic. Lin was sentenced to death in 2009. Also executed were two gunmen identified as Chi Chun-i and Lee Chia-hsuan. They were convicted for killing three people and injuring two others during a brutal shoot-out at a Taichung tea house in 2004. Another man, Chen Tung-jung, was sentenced to death for setting fire to a hotel in Tainan City in 1985 after he became upset at one of the female staffers. The fire lead to 26 deaths and three injuries. Chen Ruei-chin and Lee had agreed to donate their organs, but doctors refused to harvest organs from them based on consideration of their human rights. (By Tsai Pei-chi, Lin Chung-sen, Su Juei-yun, Sofia Wu and Y.L.Kao)
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