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Church in Taiwan pleads for permanent end to executions

Catholic World News - March 03, 2011

Catholic leaders in Taiwan are appealing to the government to extend a stay on the death penalty, urging a permanent ban on capital punishment.

The government of Taiwan has not carried out the death penalty for 11 months. But justice minister Tsang Yung-fu has indicated that executions could resume within a matter of weeks. Only prisoners who have exhausted all legal appeals would be put to death, he said.

Church officials urged the government to continue the moratorium on the death penalty, in light of sharply mixed opinions in the country.

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