3 Japanese drug smugglers executed in China

By Spucky · Apr 14, 2010 · ·
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    3 Japanese drug smugglers executed in China

    China on Friday executed three Japanese men convicted of drug smuggling, three days after it executed the first Japanese national since the two countries normalized diplomatic relations in 1972.

    Teruo Takeda, 67, and Hironori Ukai, 48, were put to death in Dalian, Liaoning Province, and Katsuo Mori, 67, in Shenyang, also in the northeastern province, at 9 a.m., according to Japanese diplomats.

    As was the case of Mitsunobu Akano, a 65-year-old man from Osaka Prefecture, the three men are believed to have been executed by lethal injection because Liaoning Province abolished execution by shooting last December.

    ‘‘All individuals, regardless of nationality, were treated equally in the application of Chinese law, and China’s retention of the death penalty for drugs crimes helped deter and prevent such crimes,’’ China’s official Xinhua News Agency quoted the Supreme People’s Court as saying in a statement.

    Japan conveyed its concern to China about Friday’s execution, but Tokyo is unlikely to lodge a formal protest with Beijing as every country has the sovereign right to determine which crimes warrant the death penalty, Japanese officials said in Tokyo.

    ‘‘The Japanese public’s sentiment is that it is too severe to impose the death penalty on drug criminals,’’ a senior Foreign Ministry official said. ‘‘We cannot help but say we regret the result…But it is difficult to lodge a protest.’‘

    Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu on Tuesday expressed hope that Akano’s execution and the then planned executions of the three others would not affect development of Japan-China relations.

    Drug smuggling is treated as a serious crime in China. The country’s penal code says offenders face sentences of 15 years’ imprisonment, life imprisonment or death for smuggling stimulant drugs weighing 50 grams or more.

    Takeda, from Nagoya, was convicted of buying about 5 kilograms of stimulant drugs from a Chinese person in June 2003 and passing them on to five people the following month.

    Ukai, from Gifu Prefecture, was found in possession of about 1.5 kg of illegal drugs when trying to board a plane from Dalian to Osaka, in July 2003.

    Mori, from Fukushima Prefecture, was convicted of attempting to smuggle 1.25 kg of drugs from Shenyang airport to Japan.

    The death sentences of the three men were finalized in 2007.

    As of January 2009, at least 28 Japanese nationals were detained in China over drug-related incidents, according to Japanese government data.

    As of Friday, nine Japanese—excluding the three executed—were detained in the three northeastern provinces of Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang.

    Many of the stimulant drugs circulating in the provinces are believed to have been made in North Korea.

    Meanwhile, Japanese investigative sources said Friday that Takeda had been on a wanted list in connection with a 2002 robbery in Fukuoka Prefecture, in which 13 million yen in cash and jewelry were stolen from a city assembly member’s home.

    Friday 09th April, 10:30 AM JST

    source: http://japantoday.com/category/crim...cts-meet-families-ahead-of-execution-in-china

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    China executes three more Japanese drug smugglers

    Three Japanese citizens have been executed in China for trying to smuggle the drug methamphetamine.

    This follows the execution of another Japanese drug smuggler on Tuesday.
    Following the latest executions, Japan's Justice Minister Keiko Chiba said she was concerned about the effect on relations between the two countries.
    China is thought to execute more people than any other country in the world, although the government does not release overall figures.

    Adverse reaction
    The three latest Japanese nationals to be executed were smuggling the recreational drug from the north-eastern province of Liaoning, according to China's Xinhua news agency.

    One of them, Teruo Takeda, bought 5kg of the recreational drug in 2003.
    The 67-year-old then arranged for the other two - Hironori Ukai, 48, and Katsuo Mori, 67 - to take the consignment to Japan.

    But they were caught at two separate airports in Liaoning.
    On Tuesday, China executed Mitsunobu Akano, the first Japanese citizen to be executed since the two countries re-established diplomatic ties in 1972.

    Ms Chiba, Japan's justice minister, said she was "concerned about relations between Japan and China when I think of the uncomfortable feeling or reaction felt by a majority of the Japanese people".

    But the Tokyo government as a whole seems to have played down the issue.

    Japan also has the death penalty, but not for drug smuggling.
    Last week, the human rights organisation Amnesty International challenged the Chinese government to say exactly how many people it kills.

    Claudio Cordone, of Amnesty International, said: "The Chinese authorities claim that fewer executions are taking place.

    "If this is true, why won't they tell the world how many people the state put to death?"

    China's Supreme People's Court has to approve all death sentences in a rule introduced in 2007 to avoid miscarriages of justice.

    source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8610718.stm

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