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Ma’s top prosecutor pick airs views on death penalty

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘), President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) pick for state public prosecutor-general, said yesterday that while the 44 individuals on death row should be executed, he supports an amendment to abolish the death penalty.

Huang made the remarks at a legislative hearing to review his nomination.

Forty-four convicts remain on death row, but no executions have been carried out in more than five years since former minister of justice Morley Shih (施茂林) and incumbent Minister of Justice Wang Ching-feng (王清峰) adopted a policy that maintains capital punishment, but has stayed executions.

Wang says that 132 countries have abolished or stopped practicing capital punishment, which shows that ending capital punishment is a global trend.

However, abolition is unpopular, with a majority of the public and officials saying that no decision should be made until public consensus is reached.

Huang told legislators yesterday that the 44 people on death row should be executed and that the sentences should not be delayed indefinitely.

Meanwhile, Huang vowed to investigate serious cases — regardless of their “political hue — if he assumed the post of top prosecutor.

Confronted by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators who said that prosecutors have focused their efforts on DPP politicians while avoiding or delaying investigations targeting Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) politicians, Huang said he and the special investigation panel would accelerate investigations into the KMT’s three-in-one sale of the Broadcasting Corporation of China, China Television Co and the Central Motion Picture Corp to China Times Group subsidiary Jungli Investment Co in 2005 for NT$9.3 billion (US$286.7 million).

The party’s sale of the Institute of Policy Research and Development building to Yuan Lih Construction Corp for NT$4.3 billion in 2007 would also be a focus.

Both deals took place when President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) was party chairman.

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