Cheng Hsing-tse was arrested on 5 January 2002 and accused of killing a police officer during a gunfight. He was sentenced to death for murder by the Taichung District Court on 18 November 2002. The case bounced back and forth between the High Court and the Supreme Court for appeals and retrials; however Cheng Hsing-tse’s death sentence was finalized on 25 May 2006. His lawyers have since applied for extraordinary appeals but the requests have been rejected each time by the Prosecutor General.
The recently founded Taiwan Innocence Project has taken on the case. They believe that a confession that was made was obtained through torture, and have filed perjury charges against two police officers for lying about that in testimony. The defendant has recanted the confession. The crime scene investigation was completely botched by the police – the guns were not left in place and were collected, and the bodies were moved. There was also a bogus ballistics analysis done, which has been confirmed as such by a US firearms expert. However, despite their efforts, the Minister of Justice could sign an execution order at any moment.
Here is the call by Amnesty International for petitions to be submitted to the Taiwanese government: asa380062012en