Minister of Justice Morley Shih (施茂林) yesterday said that the serial rapist known as the "Huakang Wolf" (華岡之狼) will likely be paroled in the near future as an application for parole is being reviewed and that he is undergoing a program to reintegrate into society.
"These processes are aimed at helping him return to society and ensuring he is not a headache for the public anymore," Shih said.
"However, monitoring will be required for him, to make sure he stays on the right track," he said.
Shih confirmed that the man, surnamed Yang (楊), had put in an eighth application for parole, which was being reviewed.
There is a good chance his application will be approved, Shih said.
Yang was convicted 12 years ago on seven counts of theft and 27 counts of rape. Yang preyed on female college students in Taipei's Shilin and Beitou districts.
The Taipei Times will not reveal Yang's given name because of concern that revealing his identity would constitute a violation of his rights.
Yang, a 37-year-old Hualien native, was sentenced to 16 years and began serving his sentence at Taipei Prison on Nov. 19, 1996.
He took the college entrance exam in the summer of 2001 and was granted admission to the sociology department at National Taiwan University. His first parole application was turned down in the same year because of concern that he would strike again. Yang received a one-year extension from NTU to enroll.
In 2002, although the prison's rehabilitation committee was positive about Yang's progress in its rehabilitation program, his second application was rejected for the same reason.
NTU notified Yang that his extension would expire in Sept. 2002, requiring him to enroll and pay tuition fees or forfeit his spot.
Yang paid the tuition fees for one year of studies, filing a one-year absence application in order to postpone his studies another year while applying for parole.
His admission to NTU expired in late 2003. However, Yang will be able to take the entrance exam again to reapply for university studies.