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CHINA COURT SENTENCES JAPANESE TO DEATH

By Alfa, Feb 19, 2004 | | |
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  1. Alfa
    CHINA COURT SENTENCES JAPANESE TO DEATH

    BEIJING (Kyodo) A 61-year-old Japanese man was sentenced to death by a
    district court in the Chinese city of Shenyang earlier this month on
    charges of trying to smuggle 1.25 kg of stimulant drugs from China to
    Japan, sources close to the case said Saturday.

    The man, who has not been named, is the first Japanese to be given a
    death penalty that was not suspended in China, according to Japanese
    authorities.

    Since being sentenced on Feb. 3, the defendant has appealed to a
    higher court and the hearing will take place within two months, the
    sources said, adding that his execution will take place relatively
    soon if the appeal court upholds the initial ruling.

    The man was detained at an airport in Liaoning Province in July as he
    was about to board an international flight, allegedly with drugs in
    his possession.

    According to the sources, 11 other Japanese nationals were detained
    last year in Chinese cities, including Dalian, Shanghai, Guangzhou and
    Hong Kong, on charges of drug smuggling.

    Most of those arrested are retirees, homeless or unemployed, and it is
    believed they were working for an organized drug smuggling ring, the
    sources said.

    The other 11 Japanese may also face severe punishment, including the
    death penalty, as they have also been questioned about the smuggling
    of large quantities of drugs.

    Under Chinese criminal law, the production, sale and smuggling of
    narcotics are considered serious crimes and those who commit offenses
    involving 1 kg or more of drugs are generally sentenced to death or
    life in prison.

    In September 2001, China executed a South Korean man for production
    and possession of 800 grams of illegal drugs.

    A senior official at the Japanese Embassy in Beijing declined to
    comment on individual cases, citing privacy concerns, but said embassy
    officials have met with the detainees and have conveyed pleas for
    leniency from their families to the Chinese authorities.

    To date, no Japanese national has been executed overseas as a criminal
    offender.

    According to judicial sources, China sentenced a Japanese to death in
    a criminal case, but that sentence was suspended for two years. Under
    Chinese law, a suspended death sentence is reduced to either life in
    prison or a jail term of at least 15 years after the suspension period
    expires.

    Some Japanese have also been given death sentences in Thailand and the
    Philippines on drug-related offenses, but none have so far been
    executed, the sources said.

Comments

  1. helikophis
  2. old hippie 56
    You realize that this is a 5 year old thread.
  3. helikophis
    heh, no I missed that.

    Sorry!
  4. Spucky
    AW: Re: CHINA COURT SENTENCES JAPANESE TO DEATH

    As Far as i know it was Shabu aka Chrystal Meth..
    This is the Nr.1. Drug here in Nippon.
  5. helikophis
    Re: AW: Re: CHINA COURT SENTENCES JAPANESE TO DEATH

    Wow thanks, I wasn't expecting a reply on that, hehe!
  6. EscapeDummy
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