Taiwan executes death row inmate convicted in six deaths

04/01/2020 10:20 PM
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Weng Jen-hsien (center), CNA file photo
Weng Jen-hsien (center), CNA file photo

Taipei, April 1 (CNA) A death row inmate was executed Wednesday in Taiwan, less than a year after he was convicted of killing six people by setting fire to his home.

Minister of Justice Tsai Ching-hsiang (蔡清祥) said he signed the order, and the death sentence was carried out Wednesday afternoon in New Taipei.

The 53-year-old inmate Weng Jen-hsien (翁仁賢) was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court on July 10, 2019 after he was convicted in the deaths of his parents, their caregiver, his niece and nephew, and the latter's wife.

According to the court, Weng set fire to his home in Taoyuan City's Longtan District on Feb. 7, 2016 after a family feud, and the six died in the blaze, while four other relatives sustained injuries.

A vehicle carrying Weng Jen-hsien
A vehicle carrying Weng Jen-hsien's body leaves a detention center in New Taipei Wednesday

Currently, there are 39 inmates on death row in Taiwan, and the last execution before Weng's was on Aug. 31, 2018.

It was Taiwan's second execution of a prisoner since President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of the Democratic Progressive Party took office in 2016.

Prior to that, in the eight years of the previous administration led by then President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) of the Kuomintang, 33 death row inmates were executed.

(By Joseph Yeh)

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