Chinese court upholds death penalty for drug dealer

March 28th, 2008 - 7:04 pm ICT by admin  

Kunming (China), March 28 (Xinhua) The provincial court here Wednesday upheld the death sentence given to a Taiwanese drug smuggler by an intermediate court last year. The Yunnan Provincial Higher People’s Court Wednesday endorsed the ruling of the Intermediate People’s Court awarding the sentence to Chung Wan-yi, court officials said.

Chung and his 11 accomplices were arrested in February 2007 in the capital of southwest China’s Yunnan province, for operating a Kunming-based drug trafficking ring.

Chung monitored drug peddlers in Thailand. The narcotics were shipped, concealed in furniture, to Taiwan.

Chung and others appealed the ruling at the provincial court.

The death sentence will now go to China’s Supreme Court for final approval.

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