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Gangster gets life imprisonment for high-profile killing

Gangster gets life imprisonment for high-profile killing

Taipei, Dec. 28 (CNA) The Taiwan Supreme Court on Friday upheld the life sentence given to an organized crime boss who ordered an execution-style killing in 2010 that embarrassed Taichung police. The gangster, Yang Ting-rong, was accused of ordering Liao Kuo-hao, who had yet to turn 18 at the time, to kill Weng Chi-nan, another gangster against whom Yang held a grudge, in broad daylight at Weng's office in Taichung on May 28, 2010. A friend of Weng surnamed Lai was also killed in the shooting. The Taichung District Court sentenced Yang to life imprisonment for manslaughter and stripped his civil rights for life. The verdict and sentence were upheld by the Taichung High Court, which found that Yang instructed Liao to brutally murder Weng and then let Liao shoulder the blame. The Supreme Court agreed with the lower courts. Its ruling is final. The high-profile case drew attention not only because of the execution-style killing in broad daylight, but because it was later discovered that police officers were sitting around relaxing in Weng's office at the time of the shooting. Two higher-ranking officers were removed from their leadership posts and given a demerit each as punishment for fraternizing with an organized crime figure. The other two lower-ranking officers were given warnings. The Taichung police chief at the time, Hu Mu-yuan, resigned over the behavior of his subordinates in early June that year. (By Huang Yi-han and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-05-13 03:09 GMT+08:00