Taiwan executes five death-row inmates
Published on Apr 29, 2014 9:38 PM
TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwanese authorities said they executed five death-row inmates Tuesday, nearly a year after six prisoners were put to death.
The justice ministry said the five were put to death in various parts of the island. They were the first executions ordered by Luo Ying-shay since she became justice minister last September.
The inmates were anaesthetised and then shot, it said. There are now 47 prisoners on death row, according to the ministry.
Taiwan resumed executions in 2010 after a five-year hiatus, putting four people to death. There were five executions in 2011, six in 2012 and another six in 2013.
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