Taiwan compensates trio after 11 years on death row


Taiwan will pay a total of Tw$15 million compensation to three men who spent more than 11 years on death row before their acquittal in one of the island’s most controversial murder trials, a court said Wednesday.

Su Chien-ho (C), Chuang Lin-hsun (2R) and Liu Bin-lang (2L) outside a court room in Taipei on November 12, 2010 after they were acquitted in the murder of a couple in 1991. (AFP/PATRICK LIN)

TAIPEI: Taiwan will pay a total of Tw$15 million compensation to three men who spent more than 11 years on death row before their acquittal in one of the island’s most controversial murder trials, a court said Wednesday.

Su Chien-ho, Liu Bin-lang and Chuang Lin-hsun will each receive about Tw$5 million for wrongful imprisonment, the High Court said.

The trio, who said they were tortured into making confessions, were first sentenced to death 21 years ago for the murder of a couple in Taipei.

Their legal plight began after a soldier who confessed in 1991 to killing the couple claimed that they were his accomplices. The soldier was executed the following year after a trial by a military tribunal.

They had since faced a series of trials and retrials that saw their death sentences being lifted and then reimposed until the High Court made a final ruling in their favour last year.

Taiwan’s human rights groups have seized on the case to call on the government to abolish capital punishment.

Like many Asian countries, Taiwan maintains the death penalty, reserving it for serious crimes including aggravated murder, kidnapping and robbery.

Last year, Taiwan executed six death row inmates, the largest number to be put to death in one day in recent years.

– AFP/gn

 

Court acquits Maoist leader in Alipiri bomb blast case


TIRUPATI, November 9, 2012

Special Correspondent, The Hindu

Maoist leader Panduranga Reddy alias
Sagar being brought to the court in Tirupati on Thursday. Photo: KV Poornachandra Kumar

The Hindu
Maoist leader Panduranga Reddy alias Sagar being brought to the court in Tirupati on Thursday. Photo: KV Poornachandra K

In what has come to be known as the sensational Alipiri bomb blast case allegedly targeting former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, the Fourth Additional District and Sessions Court, Tirupati, on Thursday acquitted Maoist leader Panduranga Reddy alias Sagar (A-30) and another accused (A-3) Gangi Reddy on the ground that the prosecution reportedly failed to prove the charges against them beyond doubt.

The court which was dealing with an appeal filed before it by Sagar and three others challenging their conviction by the trial court also observed that the trial court had wrongly convicted them though there was no evidence to prove the charges against them.

The Judge, C. Eswara Rao, delivering the judgement in the packed court, further observed that, “Without any acceptable evidence for his role as a member of the ‘action team’ and for his participation in the commission of the offence, in any manner whatsoever, the conviction against him is not sustainable and so the appellant, Sagar is entitled for acquittal.”

The judge, however, confirmed the conviction orders issued by the trial court against A1, Ramaswamy Reddy and A2, Nagarjuna

Kranthi Chaithanya, advocate for Sagar later briefing the media said though Sagar was acquitted, he could not be released, in view of the other cases pending against him in other courts. He said there was now only one case pending in the Tirupati court against Sagar, where in he was accused of raising pro-Maoist slogans when Mr. Chandrababu Naidu appeared in the court a couple of years ago in connection with the case. The advocate hoped that Sagar would be acquitted in that case too.

The police threw a huge security blanket around the court and made it out of bounds for all unauthorised persons in view of the sensitive nature of the case.

Presumed Guilty: After 14 wasted years in prison, life begins anew


PRAYAAG AKBAR NEW DELHI | 19th Feb

Mohammed Aamir at his home in Sadr Bazaar. Aamir spent 14 years in jail before being acquitted in January this year. Photograph: ABHISHEK SHUKLA

n the night of 20 February 1998, in the Sadr Bazaar area of Delhi, a young man walked to the neighbourhood hakeem seeking treatment for a persistent kidney stone problem. The 18-year-old had just said his namaaz at the Madrasahwaali Masjid and, in pain, decided to walk across the desolate marketplace — by day this is one of the busiest spots in the city, but at night it empties like a sieve — even more so in the ’90s, when Indian retail did not shriek with the vehemence of today.

As the boy walked he noticed an unmarked white Maruti Gypsy sidle up along the kerb behind him. It moved slowly, prompting him to quicken his pace, though he continued to walk, staring ahead. The Gypsy overtook him and then, without warning, a pair of hands shoved him in the back. He raised his hands to protect himself from falling, but before he knew it he’d been hauled into the Gypsy. Blindfolded, hands tied and mouth gagged in a matter of seconds, trapped in a mélange of elbows, insults and accents, he was driven to a destination 40 minutes away and deposited in a room. Here he was routinely beaten, tortured, fed at the rarest possible intervals, and made to sign blank papers and disclosure agreements. There was no question of providing access to legal representation.

The boy left that room seven days later, when he was taken to Delhi’s Tees Hazari Court to be charged with 17 cases of murder, terrorism and waging war against the nation. By the time he was acquitted of the charges brought against him — the High Court ruled that any evidence connecting the accused to the bombings was “woefully absent” — Mohammed Aamir was 32 years old. He spent 14 years “ground in the mortar and pestle” of the Indian justice system (main kanoon ke chaal mein pis kar aa raha hoon). In the years before he could once again walk into the modest room in Azad Market where he was born, his father had died, his mother left mute and paralysed by a stroke.

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