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DPP slams government over executions

INACTION:Lawmakers said Ma not acting when the inmates made amnesty appeals and the Ministry of Justice’s haste in sanctioning their deaths were rights violations

By Chris Wang and Loa Iok-sin  /  Staff reporters

Meanwhile, Lin Hsin-yi (林欣怡), the executive director of the Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty, accused Tseng of lying when he told the legislature that the Ministry of Justice had talked to the nine anti-death-penalty activists who resigned from the task force and reached an “understanding” with them on executions.

“Tseng lied when he said that the ministry spoke to the nine of us in private and reached an ‘understanding,’ and that we expressed our agreement with the ministry’s ideas on executions,” Lin said yesterday. “Aside from issuing a public statement on our withdrawal from the task force, the ministry never spoke to us in private and we have neither an understanding nor agreement with it on the death penalty.”

In related news, the Tainan District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday indicted Tseng Wen-chin (曾文欽), suspected of slitting the throat of a 10-year-old boy on Dec. 1, and recommended capital punishment.

Additional reporting by CNA

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