tommy525 wrote:IM not saying she doesnt deserve death if shes guilty, just that we hope the sentence wasn't based on her passport?
Unfortunately, the decision to execute her is surely
based on the fact that she is a poor Filipina from a poor country that has no political and economic clout. What's more, the economy here is in an appalling mess, so the KMT government - traditionally sympathetic towards capital punishment - will use her execution as a deterrent to all those bent on making trouble to behave themselves. In Saudi Arabia, where I lived and worked for 2 years, it was mostly poor foreigners from Pakistan, India, the Philippines, etc, who were beheaded so as to deter the general population from doing anything that might upset the status quo. Likewise, in America, where a disproportionate number of blacks sit on Death Row waiting for the chopper to fall. Case in point is Troy Davis, "who was sentenced to death for the murder of Police Officer Mark Allen MacPhail at a Burger King in Savannah, Georgia; a murder he maintains he did not commit. There was no physical evidence against him and the weapon used in the crime was never found. The case against him consisted entirely of witness testimony which contained inconsistencies even at the time of the trial. Since then, all but two of the state's non-police witnesses from the trial have recanted or contradicted their testimony. Many of these witnesses have stated in sworn affidavits that they were pressured or coerced by police into testifying or signing statements against Troy Davis".
Go here for the Amnesty story: http://www.amnestyusa.org/death-penalty ... 28&n3=1412
If you're interested in JUSTICE, you can drop a letter to the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles and ask for clemency here: http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteap ... tion=11330
The Chen Shuibian government sought to do away with capital punishment, but it seems the KMT wants to bring it back, thus moving Taiwan back into the Dark Ages. For Amnesty's International Report on Taiwan for 2007, go here: http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/taiwan#report