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October 30 2009 | SOUTH KOREA

South Korea

Number of death row inmates rises to 60

 
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South Korea :Number of death row inmates rises to 60: report

The number of South Korean prisoners on death row has increased to 60 due to a reluctance to carry out executions in light of a decade-long unofficial moratorium on capital punishment, a government report showed Sunday.

Since it was founded in 1948, South Korea's government has executed a total of 920 people, according to the Justice Ministry report sent to parliament. The last execution was carried out in December 1997.

Of the 920 inmates, 562 had been convicted of murder, the report said.

There has been an unofficial moratorium on the death penalty since February 1998 when President Kim Dae-jung, who was sentenced to death himself in 1980 but later pardoned, took office.

In recent years, however, a steady rise in brutal crimes has prompted the public to call more loudly for the implementation of the death sentence.

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