The Taiwan High Court yesterday sentenced three men to death for murdering a female teacher.
On Dec. 2, 2007, Yu Yi-chen (游屹辰), a neighbor of Huang An-lin (黃安琳), a junior-high school teacher in Keelung, and his friends Su Chih-hsiao (蘇志效) and Cheng Wen-hui (鄭文輝) tricked Huang into letting them enter her apartment, whereupon they robbed her, the court said.
Fearing that Huang would report the robbery to police, the three duct-taped Huang’s eyes, nose and mouth, and tied her hands and legs before they strangled her with an electric cord, the court ruling said.
The three did not provide details of the murder during hearings and also showed little remorse, the court said.
The Keelung District Court sentenced the trio to death in September.
The three can appeal the high court’s decision to the Taiwan Supreme Court.
Yesterday’s ruling came in the wake of a recent controversy over capital punishment.
Former justice minister Wang Ching-feng (王清峰) was forced to resign on March 11 after her refusal to sign execution orders for 44 inmates on death row sparked outrage among victims’ relatives and some legislators.
Taiwan has not carried out a death sentence since late 2005 when then-minister of justice Morley Shih (施茂林) signed execution orders for two brothers convicted of murder.
Minister of Justice Tseng Yung-fu (曾勇夫), who entered office Monday under pressure to address the controversy over the death penalty, said enforcing capital punishment would not violate UN human rights conventions.
He said there was no deadline binding the minister to sign the execution orders of the 44 individuals on death row, and those who were sentenced to death would have their cases reviewed first.
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