Sun, Dec 23, 2012 - Page 3 News List

Ministry of Justice lifts the veil on executions

By Yang Kuo-wen and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Chen did not touch any of the food or liquor provided and had asked to be injected immediately. Chen was shot at the base of his skull because he wished to donate his organs and his execution was concluded at 7:40pm without incident. Chen’s remains were placed on an ambulance and taken to a hospital.

According to the Greater Taichung Prison, both Chen and Kwang had been calm over the five years that they had been on the death row. Their deaths were presided over by monks hired by the prison.

Huang was executed at 6:30pm. When asked for his last words he said he had done great wrongs, regretted his actions, was sorry that he had not lived up to his father’s expectations and asked his mother not to be sad about his execution.

Huang did eat any of the food prepared by the prison authorities, but took a few sips of water and smoked a cigarette.

When the marshal was about to fire, the gun jammed three times. The marshal fired twice into Huang’s heart after clearing the chambers, concluding the execution.

Tai said he had nothing holding him back as his mother suffered from dementia and that he was being freed.

Tai was notified at 6:30pm that his execution was being carried out, and reacted calmly to the notification. Tai walked out to the execution field by himself, thanking the guards accompanying him for taking care of him these last few years.

After drinking a cup of Kaoliang and having a cigarette, Tai was injected with anesthetic at 6:50pm and taken to the field. The marshals had to fire three times before the forensic pathologist confirmed that Tai was dead.

Tai’s body was transported to the Greater Kaohsiung City Mortuary at 7:18pm, and over his body was handed over to his relatives and family for burial.

Additional reporting by Su Fu-nan, Pao Chien-hsin, Wang Jun-hsiang, Wu Chun-feng, Yang Cheng-chun, Hou Po-ching and Wang Ting-chuan

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