Bo Tedards, who is a long time human rights advocate here in Taiwan, wrote an excellent letter to the editor in todays Taipei Times. The letter is in regards to Taiwans best known death penalty case, the Hsichih Trio case.
I agree 100% with Mr. Tedards comments in that letter.
The only thing I would add is that the Ministry of Justice has an odd relationship with the different branch prosecutorial agencies. By that I mean the MOJ can not by law exert direct control over prosecutorial decisions made by its sub agencies such as the High Court Prosecutors Office, which was the office responsible for the refilling of the Hsichih Trio case after the most recent verdict of not guilty. Exactly what authority the MOJ does have over the branch agencies is murky at best and seems to change depending on the exigencies of the moment.
The problem with that case is that nobody, no agency, wants to be responsible for making the final decision. I have a pet theory that that case will wander about Taiwan criminal justice system until the defendants have died of old age.
The case brings together three very pervasive and very troublesome aspects of Taiwan; the widespread Civil-Snivel Servant mentality, the Blame Game and Face Matters More than Facts.
I recommend reading Mr. Tedards letter.