A verdict of life imprisonment was given in the case of a toddler who was beheaded. Former president Ma Ying-jeou said that 'the two covenants', that is, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, nowhere mention that those who claim to be mentally impaired should be excluded from the death penalty, and that the justice system should not evade responsibility for their decision by citing the two covenants as an excuse.
The judicial reform committee's review group includes both the lawyer for the man who murdered a little girl and the child's mother. The murderer was given a life sentence, rather than the death penalty.
==HUANG CHIH-HAO Lawyer==
Sorry, I have to read the details of the verdict before I can give any response.
The judicial reform committee group convenor Luo Bing-cheng said that resulting from her experience in court, the murdered child's mother had supported the proposal that victims and their families should not have to give their IDs and addresses in open court and the court should protect their identities.
==LUO BING-CHENG Judicial Reform Committee Group Convenor ==
Ms. Wang spoke about her own experience, how she had to go to court and was asked her personal information publicly in court. She said there were a lot of ways to confirm her identity, including looking at her ID card, and its seemed unnecessary to have to give out her personal information publicly.
The group decided that the victim and victim's family information must be respected and that they had a right to know the progress of the case and verdict. Former president Ma Ying-jeou felt is was a pity that the judicial reform committee had not taken the opportunity to make a pronouncement on the death penalty.
==MA YING-JEOU Former President ==
Currently it is the first verdict and there can be appeals, but this trial there seem to be some obvious mistakes. We stand by the principle of maintaining the death penalty for prudent use only.
The verdict in the murder of the toddler is caught between the ' two conventions' and the convention on the rights of the disabled, which state that the mentally disabled should not receive the death penalty. The former president has characterised this as a 'mistake'. In the past, the child's father emphasized that in the process of judicial reform he hoped there would be legal sanctions to prevent the tragedy of any more random killings.