There was a television drama on Bao Zheng, [a symbol of justice]. The viewers’ most enjoyable moment was probably when a villain got beheaded. In the stories, Bao’s trials sometimes violated human rights. However, for ordinary individuals, human rights are abstract and punishing villains is the most important. The deportation of those fraud suspects from Kenya [to China] led to a rigorous debate among individuals with very different perspectives. If it comes down to whether punishing fraudsters or fighting for jurisdiction is more important, the answer would be quite predictable because ordinary individuals hate fraud. Apart from fighting for jurisdiction, Taiwan should use this opportunity to reflect on how our judiciary can improve and better fulfil the purpose of punishment and deliver justice while protecting human rights so that the public do not get into such a dilemma.
‘Re the Kenya case, Taiwan can reflect on how the judiciary may better deliver justice while protecting human rights.’