South Korea: Increased use of the death penalty

Fourteen people are known to have been executed in South Korea in 1990 and at least 16 more are reported to be on “death row”. In 1989, seven people were executed, the first executions since 1987. Five men executed in December 1990 are named in this report. They are: Sohn Oh-sun, Lee Chae- chol, Chon Kyong-suk, Im Chon-taek, and Song Chae-hong. They were executed for offences involving murder or rape; their executions form part of the South Korean Government’s “War on Crime” announced in November 1990.

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