In a murder case that shocked Taiwan back in 2000, a man named Wang Hung-wei stabbed a woman 176 times and abandoned the body because she had rejected his advances. Wang was sentenced to death on his final appeal in 2009 after 9 years of litigation. However, the Supreme Prosecutors Office now says that the decision failed to account for the possibility of correction even though Wang expressed remorse, and that the omission violated the principles of equity and proportionality. Prosecutor General Yen Da-ho is now filing an extraordinary appeal with the Supreme Court.
Wealthy construction company scion Wang Hung-wei, ran down Chang Ya-ling with his Mercedes near her home in Tamsui 17 years ago and stabbed her 176 times before he abandoned her body. The brutality of the murder shocked society. After 9 years of litigation, the Supreme Court sentenced Wang to death in 2009.
Wang requested a Constitutional interpretation in 2014 regarding the sentence, but the Constitutional Court declined to hear his case. Now, the Prosecutor General is filing an extraordinary appeal on his behalf.
==YEN DA-HO Prosecutor General==
For defendant Wang Hung-wei, the fact that the judge excluded his motive, his method of committing the crime, and his attitude after the crime, violated the principles of equity and proportionality.
Huang Ming-chen, a Christian minister who works with convicted criminals, said that Wang acted under the influence of drugs, expressed remorse afterwards, and had his family pay NT$8.16 million in compensation to the victim's family.
==HUANG MING-CHEN pastor==
Under our influence, he truly regretted what he did. It changed him, in that he was willing to give a sincere apology to the victim, and he also wrote down a lot describing what he went through.
However, the victim's family expressed shock and disappointment at the news, saying that it brought up pain that they had put behind them.
They keep fixating on whether he expressed remorse, but that's such an abstract thing.
The family also questioned why the sentence has not been carried out in the 8 years since the final verdict. However, anti-capital punishment groups expressed approval that the Supreme Prosecutors Office filed an extraordinary appeal for a controversial decision. They said that any decision that violates the spirit of the international covenants on human rights, or the principles of equity and proportionality, should be remedied.
Translated by JOHN CHEN
許恆慈 陳信隆 台北報導