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Further discussion needed on scrapping capital punishment: DPP

Further discussion needed on scrapping capital punishment: DPP

Taipei, May 30 (CNA) The main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said Saturday that further dialogue and communication with those who advocate abolishing capital punishment are needed in the wake of the tragic murder of a second-grader by a random attacker at her school campus in Taipei's Beitou District. DPP spokesman Wang Min-sheng (???) said every child is the darling of the parents and that the party was saddened by the tragedy. He added that every child should be able to study in an environment free from fear. Wang said that there are complex and serious social problems behind the killing and not just the issue of campus security. He noted that on the issue of abolishing the death penalty, there are still deficiencies in the complementary measures of the current law, and also different views in society regarding the issue. "We need to have further dialogue and communication," he said. The suspect, Kung Chung-an (???) , 29, allegedly killed the child because he was under great pressure and suffering from hallucinations. His older brother said Kung moved out of the family home five years ago, and added that he did now know how a previously normal person could turn into a killer. (By Lu Hsin-hui and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-25 10:35 GMT+08:00