National Police Agency Director-General Hou You-yi (
Hou made the comments during a Legislative Yuan question-and-answer session in response to questions from a group of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers who were concerned that demonstrating leniency would deal a blow to public order and asserted that most rank-and-file policemen were opposed to the idea.
Under instructions from President Chen Shui-bian (
Hou said that the agency had not conducted polls to gauge the opinions of grass-roots policemen and said that he would not oppose reduced terms for those convicted of minor offenses carrying a sentence of less than one year.
But Hou added that in his capacity as the police officer in charge of maintaining the rule of law and public order across the country, he would "object" to the proposed amnesty if it were to include those convicted of violent offenses.
"Granting amnesty must not affect public order or social morals," he said, adding that "we would clarify our position and offer recommendations if the there were a chance that the proposed amnesty might affect public order."
At a separate event yesterday, Minister of the Interior Lee Yi-yang (
The Ministry of Justice said the draft bill would only cut sentences for criminals serving time for minor offenses, adding that it would not commute capital sentences to life sentences or include those convicted of serious crimes and crimes that endanger society.
Crimes involving the sex trade and special financial crimes would also be excluded, it added.
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