Prof. Wang Jaw-Perng
On Dec. 17, 2011, National Taiwan University law professor Wang Jaw-Perng and three local attorneys announced the establishment of Taiwan Innocence Project. Besides the above-mentioned four initiators, 33 people working in the fields of culture, medicine, religion and social advocacy joined the project.
The project aims to help exonerate those who are actually innocent of the crimes they were convicted of committing and push for legislation and policymaking to prevent miscarriages of justice from happening again.
The U.S.-based Innocence Project inspired the creation of Taiwan Innocence Project and promised to provide it with scientific assistance, according to professor Wang.
The rectification of Chiang Kuo-ching case accelerated the creation of this organization. Chiang, who was convicted of raping and murdering a 5-year old girl and executed in Aug. 1997, was acquitted in a posthumous trial on Sept. 13, 2011.
Now Taiwan Innocence Project is endeavouring to exonerate Cheng Hsin-tze, who was convicted of murdering a police officer in 2002 and sentenced to death penalty. The confession of Cheng was allegedly obtained through torture.
Taiwan Innocence Project will raises money from the public, and wrongful convicted persons need not pay for the DNA testing fee.