China executes six drug dealers

June 27th, 2008 - 1:01 am ICT by IANS  

Beijing, June 26 (Xinhua) China executed six drug traders Thursday, the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, following an approval by the apex court. The dealers convicted of illegally producing, trading and trafficking drugs in Yunnan, Henan provinces and Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region had been awarded death penalty by different regional courts. The sentences were approved by China’s apex court, the Supreme People’s Court.

Among the executed drug traffickers, Han Yongwan and Duan Biwu were found to have been involved in smuggling hundreds of kilograms of banned drugs at Chinese boarders with Myanmar since 2001.

Gao Guoliang and Li Yongwang were held by the police on the same charges from Henan province in 2005.

The other two, He Jianjun and Zhang Fuyou, had been arrested from Guangxi region.

Ni Shouming, spokesman of the Supreme People’s Court, said the highest court would firmly support the cracking down on drug dealing and would approve any verdicts of inferior courts which could provide enough evidence for death penalty.

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