News/China: Child Traffickers Executed in China, XINHUA

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Subject: News/China: Child Traffickers Executed in China, XINHUA
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Apr 26 2000 - 20:31:33 EDT


Melanie's Note:

This is just so outrageous!

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                   Child Traffickers Executed in China, XINHUA
  The Associated Press.

    BEIJING, April 26 (Xinhua)--The Supreme People's Court announced today
that three provincial courts have given death penalties of four women and
child traffickers and sentenced 18 others to life or fixed-term
imprisonment.
       The death warrants were carried out today in the home provinces of
the four women and the child traffickers.
       Ge Lanzhen and Xu Ruzhen of a 16-member gang from southwest China's
Yunnan Province who smuggled 26 children and one of them died in the
process of smuggling, were sentenced to death and had all their property
confiscated, while another member of the group, Guo Haiyu, was sentenced to
life imprisonment, deprived of all political rights.
       Zheng Shifa, from Datong City, in north China's Shanxi Province, was
given the death penalty and deprived of all his property for trafficking 12
women and raping two of them.
       Sun Zhendong, from east China's Jiangsu Province, was sentenced to
death and had all his property confiscated for smuggling 11 women. Two
others have been sentenced and fined for their participation in Sun
Zhendong's criminal activities.
       Liu Jiachen, a vice president of the Supreme People's Court, pledged
to severely punish child traffickers according to law.


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