The Taiwan High Court on Monday upheld life sentences imposed on two men convicted of killing Chinese-American writer Henry Liu at his California home last year.
Chen Chi-li, 41, and Wu Tun, 35, appealed their sentences on grounds that they were acting on orders from former chief of military intelligence, Vice Adm. Wong Hsi-ling.
A lower court last week upheld the admiral's sentence of life imprisonment for the slaying.
Though Chen's and Wu's appeals were turned down, the court's decision will be automatically appealed to the Taiwan Supreme Court, whose decision is final.
Liu, 52, was shot to death by two Asians on bicycles on Oct. 15, 1984, at his Daly City home. His death sparked charges that he had been silenced by the Taiwanese government for writing a biography critical of President Chiang Ching-kuo.