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TAIWAN: MURDER CONVICT WALKS FREE AFTER DECADE ON DEATH ROW

October 26, 2017:

A Taiwanese man who spent more than a decade on death row walked free after being acquitted of murder in a retrial, boosting calls for the abolition of capital punishment.
Cheng Hsing-tse was condemned to death in 2002 after being found guilty of shooting a police officer during a gun battle in a karaoke parlour.
The death penalty was confirmed in 2006, when he had exhausted the appeal process.
But he was granted a retrial last year and released on bail when new evidence cast doubt on his conviction, suggesting he may have been tortured into admitting the crime.
The high court in central Taichung delivered its decision on October 26, overturning the original guilty verdict, saying Cheng's confession may have been forced and that evidence pointed to another culprit firing the fatal shots.
"I've waited for this acquittal for 15 years," Cheng told reporters on October 26 outside the court after the verdict.
Cheng was a follower of gangster Luo Wu-hsiung and was caught up in the gun battle after Luo fired a pistol at the ceiling and at bottles in a karaoke room in protest at the parlour's service.
Police stormed the venue and shots were fired by both sides, killing Luo and an officer named Su Hsien-pi.
Earlier verdicts found that Cheng fired the bullets that killed Su.
But judges on October 26 said after considering evidence of the firing positions, it could not be ruled out that Luo was the killer.
The high court said in a statement that Cheng's face had shown "obvious new bruising" during interrogations, "suggesting his confession wasn't voluntary".
The Control Yuan - the government's highest watchdog - recommended the supreme court prosecutor's office to apply for a retrial after investigating Cheng's case in 2014.
It said police forced a confession from Cheng "by means of torture" and certain autopsy findings were ignored.
Taiwan resumed capital punishment in 2010 after a five-year hiatus. Executions are reserved for serious crimes including aggravated murder.
The last execution was in May last year of Cheng Chieh, a former college student who killed four people in a stabbing spree on a subway in 2014.
There are currently 43 convicts on death row in Taiwan, according to campaign group Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty.
Rights groups including Amnesty International have urged Taiwan's government to abandon the practice, but polls show a majority of the public still support it.

(Sources: Afp, 26/10/2017)

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