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Prosecutors urge president to drop commutation plan

Prosecutors urge president to drop commutation plan

A prosecutors’association Monday called on President Chen Shui-bian to think twice about the wisdom of reducing sentences for prisoners as he recently pledged, warning the practice may harm the nation's law and order and increase undue workload for government agencies involved.
Chen instructed the Cabinet and Ministry of Justice last week to draw a commutation bill to mark the 60th anniversary of the February 28 Incident and the 20th anniversary of the lifting of martial law.
The justice ministry drew up the measure last Friday and the Cabinet is due to give its go-ahead Wednesday before turning it over to the Legislature for approval.
But the association noted the measure would benefit only a minor group of inmates, who have nothing to do with the February 28 tragedy of 1947 or the ensuing authoritarian era.
Still, 25,000 prisoners would be set free under the commutation measure at a time when the government shows no sign of improvement in its battle against crime, the association pointed out.
Chen should consider issuing a partial pardon to those he sees fit if he insists on underscoring his commitment to human rights protection, the association urged. It added that the proposed legal reform would create extra but unnecessary work for the executive and legislative branches before the commutation plan can be carried out.


Updated : 2021-08-02 23:31 GMT+08:00