The Cabinet yesterday approved an amendment to the Code of Criminal Procedure (刑事訴訟法) to prevent convicts absconding after being sentenced to jail terms.
A number of cases of convicts on the run, most recently former independent lawmaker Lo Fu-chu (羅福助) and former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmaker Chiang Lien-fu (江連福), who both failed to report to authorities on time to begin serving a prison term, prompted the Judicial Yuan to propose the amendment.
Lo reportedly fled to China, while Chiang was arrested 18 days after he was due to report to start his jail time.
Under the current system, prosecutors have to summon convicted individuals who are not in detention at the time of sentencing. If a person fails to report to the prosecutors’ office to begin serving a sentence, prosecutors issue an arrest warrant.
The amendment to the code allows for prosecutors to summon convicted people and issue arrest warrants before they receive a written judgement from court, to shorten the gap between the time of conviction and imprisonment.