The Tsai Ing-wen administration executed its second capital punishment on April 1. The Ministry of Justice stressed that the execution was fully carried out in accordance with the law. However, the Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty blasted the Tsai administration for the two executions, saying the executions were carried out without judicial relief.
Weng Jen-hsien was executed on the 1st for setting fire to his home and killing six people. This was the Tsai Ing-wen administration's second execution. The first took place in 2018.
We never had a timetable for the execution, so this had nothing to do with the pandemic. At the same time, when we were making the decision we thought it should be carried out within a necessary timeframe.
The Ministry of Justice says the execution was carried out in accordance with the law, but the Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty said the government basically murdered a clown on April Fool's Day while hiding behind the goodwill it has acquired for its success in COVID-19 prevention.
Weng Jen-hsien did not request an appeal, extraordinary appeal, constitutional interpretation or amnesty. However, the Ministry of Justice was obligated to review the case and assess this person's mental state to determine whether capital punishment was appropriate. This was also a responsibility endowed upon us by the convention.
As both executions were carried out without judicial relief, they differed from other criminal cases that included extraordinary appeals. A lawyer who is a former judge says the combination of the execution and the COVID-19 pandemic will serve to deter crimes.
Everyone's nerves are already shot due to the pandemic, which could lead to social chaos. The government could be counting on the execution to be a deterrent (against crimes).
Another expert that spoke on condition of anonymity said the Ministry of Justice's order for the execution was an announcement to citizens that Taiwan stands behind capital punishment. In addition, Taiwan will benefit from European nations that care about human rights not having the time to react or respond to the execution due to the state of crisis in Europe right now.