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Taiwan: debate over 298-year sentence

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TAIPEI - A Taiwanese widow who faced the theoretical possibility of 298 years in jail for an affair with a married man has rekindled the debate over the island's controversial adultery laws. 

The woman, 56, who was not herself married during the five-year affair with her neighbour, was told she must serve two years in jail or pay a fine of Tw$730,000 (787,000 baht).

But court officials said she had faced the possibility of 298 years in jail after judges used confessions from the pair to estimate they had held a total of 894 trysts in various motel rooms.

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