Death penalty upheld
In a 10th retrial, the Supreme Court yesterday upheld a ruling by the High Court sentencing Hsu Wei-chan (徐偉展), also known as the “Chungshan Wolf,” to death for robbery and murder. In October 1996, Hsu lured a woman into a taxi. Hiding in the back seat, his underage cousin, surnamed Pan (潘) handcuffed the victim and robbed her. The two men then drove the woman to a mountainous area of then-Taipei County, where they strangled her to death and buried her. Since the five executions on March 4, the total number of prisoners on death row had gone down to 40. With the addition of Hsu, it is now 41.
Japanese man found dead
A Japanese man fell to his death from a university building in Taipei, authorities said yesterday. Police have begun an investigation into the incident. The unidentified man, aged 38, was in Taiwan on a tourist visa and had no relatives in the country, police said. His body was found outside a building in Taipei belonging to Chinese Culture University’s School of Continuing Education. He was not a student there, the university said.
Free entry to Malaysia soon
Malaysia will grant Republic of China (ROC) passport holders visa-free privileges by the end of the month at the earliest, Chinese-language newspapers in Malaysia quoted Malaysian Tourism Minister Ng Yen Yen as saying, adding that the foreign ministry had informed Taiwanese authorities of the decision. The reports quoted Ng as saying that the visa-free measures would be implemented at the end of the month because there were still technical details that needed to be discussed.