June 09, 2005 18:51
The Supreme Court on Thursday confirmed the death sentence for Yoo Young-chul (35) who was convicted of murdering 20 people. But the court dismissed an appeal from prosecutors over a not guilty verdict for a 21st murder. Yoo has waived his right to appeal.
With the decision, the number of death row inmates, who remain in a kind of limbo in Korea, has climbed to 60. The country has carried out 902 executions since the founding of the Republic in 1948, the last on Dec. 30, 1997, when then-president Kim Young-sam ordered the mass execution of 23 prisoners near the end of his term. Since then, not one death row inmate has been executed.
Yoo was convicted of killing 20 women and elderly and wealthy individuals between September 2003 and July 2004, dismembering and burying 11 of the bodies and burning three of them.
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