Russian woman sentenced to death in China

November 27th, 2011 - 2:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, Nov 27 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A 37-year-old Russian woman has been sentenced to death in China for drug trafficking, the Russian embassy in Beijing said.

However, the sentence will be delayed for two years.

Marina Lopatina, a resident of Khabarovsk, was found guilty of trying to smuggle two kg heroin from China’s special administrative region of Macao to the mainland.

A court in China’s Zhuhai city announced the sentence Nov 23, the embassy said Saturday.

This brings the number of Russian citizens on death row for drug-trafficking in China to seven.

Under Chinese law, an attempt to smuggle 50 grams or more of drugs is punishable with the death penalty.

However, death sentences for drug-trafficking are often commuted to life imprisonment if the convicts show full remorse for their actions.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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