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Freitag, Februar 05, 2010

Suddenly short jail terms in Taiwan

Taiwan was always known for having harsh jail sentences. Until recently we had death punishment (even if not actually applied for quite some time) even for robberies. But recently a lot of short term sentences for murder make the news:


Seemingly, a child murder who had recently been sentenced to 20 years in prison was quickly freed only to murder his second child - this time receiving a very short jail term - if the report on the expat forum forumosa.com is correct. I can however see the logic in the reduction of the jail term in the second case, where a child-killing mother seemingly had psychological problems.

Will Taiwan turn from hard martial law era sentencing to anarchy or is it "guanxi", special relations to people, or even money buying the way out?

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