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Prosecutors to seek death penalty after Dragonboat for MRT killings
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-05-25 04:27 PM
Taipei police are keeping a close watch on Cheng Chieh at the Taipei Detention Center, where the accused killer of four passengers on Taipei’s MRT is being held after his arrest Wednesday at Jiangzicui MRT Station in Banqiao. A police spokesperson said Cheng is eating and sleeping normally and his mental condition can be considered calm. Observers note that he spends much of his time just looking out of a window in his cell and goes to bed at night on a normal schedule despite the horrific and cold-blooded crimes of just a few days ago.

Cheng is being kept in solitary confinement after other inmates expressed remarks that they wanted to “fix” him, and prison authorities have also ordered constant surveillance of his actions to ensure he does not do anything to harm himself.

The New Taipei City District Prosecutors Office has announced that it is holding off on an indictment of Cheng until it has received autopsy reports on the four victims who died in the stabbing spree last week. They are expected to move quickly on the case after the autopsy results are in hand and say that they will specifically ask for the death penalty for Cheng, probably soon after the Dragonboat Festival which falls this year on Monday, June 2.

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