TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A bill to remove the 30-year statute of limitations on crimes that result in death passed its third reading in the Legislative Yuan today (Friday, May 10).
According to Article 80.1 of Taiwan’s current Criminal Code, cases in which perpetrators of serious crimes are sentenced to death or a fixed-term imprisonment of 10 years to life are subject to a 30-year statute of limitations.
The new amendment will remove the time limit within which legal proceedings may be initiated against offenders. If an individual commits homicide or any crime that results in death, they can now be prosecuted indefinitely.
The bill, jointly proposed by the Legislative and Executive Yuans, was initiated after considering the criminal codes of Germany and Japan, according to the Central News Agency. Homicide and related crimes that result in death are excluded from limitation periods on the imposition of punishment in both countries.
Additionally, Article 277.1 of Taiwan’s Criminal Code will be amended so individuals that causes damage to the body or health of another may receive a sentence of up to 5 years and a fine of up to NT$100,000.
Proposals to revise Articles 276 and 284 on business negligence were removed from the bill after deliberations.
Taiwan’s Criminal Code was established over 80 years ago and has been criticized for containing outdated regulations. The new amendments will mean high-profile cold cases such as the 1996 mass murder at the residence of former Taoyuan County magistrate Liu Pang-yu (劉邦友) can resume investigation.