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The uptick of random killings in Taiwan, including several gruesome slayings of toddlers, have resulted in public outcry, not just for the crimes themselves, but the resulting judicial process following the apprehension of the criminals. This includes an oft-heard saying: "One won't be put to death in Taiwan for committing murder." Public discontent toward the judicial system grows ever-more fervent, leading in some cases to the removal of certain judges deemed unfit by their lack of professionalism.
How can this be normal?
Taiwan's criminal prosecution system has been gradually adjusted to more closely resemble the adversarial system, but the detention system still betrays hints of the mindset of the inquisitorial system.
It's been a busy start to the year for the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL).
Taiwan has become a haven for fraud perpetrators, with a few such alleged criminals -- who are accused of conning hundreds of millions of New Taiwan dollars from victims -- being held up in court as prosecutors prioritize human rights over punishments. Recently, media outlets have reported that some fraud suspects absconded from a court bail.........
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The prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Public Service this year was awarded to a team of journalists from the Associated Press for their extensive investigation revealing slave labor practices in the seafood trade, the product of which eventually reaches the plates of U.S.
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The recent controversial deportation of 45 R.O.C. citizens involved in telecommunications fraud from Kenya to China has sparked public anger in Taiwan over Beijing's unilateral decision, despite Taipei's objections.
The forcible deportation of Taiwanese suspects involved in the Kenya cross-border telecom fraud case to Beijing for judicial prosecution has sparked much anger from the public and has caused many to interpret the incident from legal and political angles.
The Kuomintang (KMT) officially moves into the Hung Hsiu-chu era Wednesday, as the party's first female leader steps up to the plate in hopes of righting the course of an organization largely bankrupt in the eyes of many, including its own supporters.
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President-elect Tsai Ing-wen's invitation from its Panamanian diplomatic ally to witness the inauguration of its expanded canal is drawing local media attention as Chinese leader Xi Jinping has also been invited to the same event.
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