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6 inmates take prison guards hostage before killing themselves

By Mason White 4:19 PM February 12, 2015
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By: Tanya Malhotra
6 inmates in Taiwan, took prison guards hostage and demanded to be released.

The 6 inmates, aged between 37 and 63, armed themselves before taking the prison guard hostage.

Administrative Deputy Minister of Justice Chen Ming-tang said that the hostage takers killed themselves after a 14-hour standoff.

The inmates stormed a weapons storage room in the prison of Kaohsiung. The group stole four rifles and six pistols, and took three staff members hostage around 4:30 p.m.

The first hostages were freed when the prison director and other senior officials agreed to take their place.

According to the investigation, the prisoners, who had been convicted for various crimes including murder, drug offenses and robbery, protested their sentences and what they believed were unfair.

The group demanded to be released from prison, according to Ming-tang.

The leader of the hostage takers was identified as Cheng Li-teh. He had been sentenced to 28 years in prison for murder. The other five inmates were serving sentences ranging from 25 years to life.

The group also protested the release of President Chen Shui-bian. He was released from prison on medical parole after serving just six years of his 20-year sentence for corruption during his presidency.

However, when the group of armed men did not get what they wanted, they freed the hostages and killed themselves.