Your article ("DNA test suggests man's innocence," Aug. 10, page 1) once again brought to light the troubling reality behind Taiwan's system of capital punishment.
In the case of Lu Chin-kai (
This must give pause to death penalty supporters.
Despite the most noble calls for public safety, capital punishment simply does not work: In addition to statistical evidence showing capital punishment does not influence crime rates, executions have also resulted in the murder of innocent people -- often those without adequate representation.
Given this recent case and the many cases before it, Taiwan should adopt an immediate moratorium on the death penalty. It is a cruel and degrading punishment.
The Lu case will hopefully remind Taiwanese that this irrevocable punishment threatens both the guilty and the innocent.
Executive board member
Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty