Drug dealers are sentenced to death on a sports ground in front of hundreds of people by a Chinese court before being executed by firing squad
Drug dealers are sentenced to death on asports ground in front of hundreds of people by a Chinese court before beingexecuted by firing squad
Two men were given death sentences watched by some 300 people in Haikou
They were taken to the execution ground and shot immediately afterwards
Many of the spectators were students who were orgainsed to witness the event
A teacher said such rallies could help 'educate' and 'frighten' young people
But concerns have been expressed by media and human rights organisations
A video released by local media showsthe two criminals being sentenced to death in China
Hundreds of people, including students,were organised to watch the public sentencing rally
The public sentencing event was organisedby the local Qiongshan Court and the Haikou Intermediate People's Court, andwas watched by around 300 residents.
It was part of the government's campaign onthe International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which fallson June 26 every year.
The first criminal, 39-year-old Cai Liqun,was found guilty of selling methamphetamine and magu. Thelatter is a mixture of methamphetamine and caffeine, and is a relatively newtype of drug in China.
Cai bought the drugs by post before sellingthem on multiple occasions between September and November in 2015, said thecourt.
Cai Liqun (pictured), 39, was foundguilty of selling methamphetamine and magu in 2015
Huang Zhengye (pictured), 36, wascaught transporting and selling methamphetamine in 2015
The other criminal, 36-year-old HuangZhengye, was found guilty of transporting andselling methamphetamine.
He was caught in possession of 4,749.8grams (10.47 pounds) of methamphetamine and 71,100 yuan (￡8,143) inrelation to drug dealing in September 2015, according to the court.
The death sentences and the orders of theexecution had been made by the Supreme People's Court, according to HaikouIntermediate People's Court.
'Now I announce, take Cai Liqun and HuangZhenye to the execution ground and carry out the execution byshooting,' announced a female judge on the sports ground.
The two courts also gave first trials to 17other drug dealers involving in eight different cases during the sameevent.
Among them, eight of them were given deathsentences or death sentences with reprieve, according to chinacourt.org, citing China News.
The two drug dealers were taken to theexecution ground right after being sentenced to death
Rallies as such are held to warn thepublic against committing crimes, especially drug dealing
It's not uncommon for a Chinese court togive death sentences to criminals in front of a large crowd - sometimes as manyas thousands of people.
The authority aims to use the form to warnthe public against committing crimes, especially drug trafficking.
Verdicts and sentences for the criminalsare normally made beforehand, and the judge would simply announce them to themasses.
Spectators at yesterday's event appeared tosupport public death sentencing.
Pan Hui, a teacher from the local YunlongMiddle School, told China News that such events could help 'educate' and'frighten' the students, and they could also make the students fearful ofcommitting crimes.
'Our school has been carrying out anti-drugeducational campaigns constantly to keep the students away from drugs,' saidteacher Pan.
However, concerns have been expressed inthe past towards China's public death sentencing.
Last December, the Chinese media called asimilar rally in southern Chinese city Lufeng 'inhumane' and 'insulting'.
A columnist, named Shen Bin, called for animmediate end on such rallies.
Shen said though the local authority'spurpose was to scare the local suspects and boost sense of social security,they shouldn't break humanity's bottom line which was protected by thelaw.
Shen argued that China's Public SecurityBureau issued a regulation in 1988, which prohibited courts from publiclyshaming criminals.
Commenting on a different rally in Shanweicity in last June, William Nee at the Amnesty International said the event was'tragic' and 'barbaric'.
IphoneTech, Chester UK, United Kingdom, 19hours ago
I have no sympathy whatsoever.....How manylives have been lost and destroyed as a result of their dealings.
Alan Green, Halstead, United Kingdom, 18hours ago
Does that mean the owner of your local offlicense should suffer the death penalty too? Or tobacconist?
Gascoigne, Solihull, United Kingdom, 17hours ago
Alan - Don't be a dope, legal trading is not a camparison to drugdealing.
Chris, cambs, United Kingdom, 16 hours ago
Killing people infront of children?Seriously people, get a grip... Sheesh
RevolutionRevolved, Somewhere, UnitedKingdom, 16 hours ago
Alan, Well yes if he's selling illegal drugs!
PBLancs, Preston, United Kingdom, 16 hoursago
They weren't publicly executed butsentenced in public.
Sack Of Spuds, Westborough, United States,16 hours ago
Chris -they were not killed in front of children. They were sentenced in front ofthem. Shame the Uk dont follow suit.
RobertSandel, Wem, United Kingdom, 18 hoursago
This is the norm in China. A very publictrial. Guilty verdicts. Then driven to nearby barracks for a bullet in the backof the head. Not spending an eternity waiting for a lethal injection as in thestates, or out in a couple of easy years, as in the UK.
CocoAgain1, Sydney, Australia, 17 hours ago
I think they remove the organs first, forsale.
Guy Onrock, North Ward, Australia, 15 hoursago
Wish they did this in Australia...
kham649, Wy, United States, 15 hours ago
You mean they don't get hot showers,comfortable beds, leisure activities like tv and basketball, warm meals,conjugal visits with sex from their girlfriends for years all the tax payersdollars just to be released to repeat?
Gixathoupete, Liverpool, United Kingdom, 11hours ago
Kham you forgot the drugs drink and party's and their Facebook accounts
Benyboy, Swansea, 18 hours ago
Could do with similar justice in UK
Mugambo kushhuwa, Knightsbridge , Zimbabwe,18 hours ago
What about human rights
M70, Lancashire, United Kingdom, 18 hoursago
Drug dealers are not human. Simple!
major upset, Ashbourne, United Kingdom, 17hours ago
For dealing drugs they don't have any humanrights.
Paul Gilson, Essex, United Kingdom, 15hours ago
Alcohol is a drug, kills more than all theothers put together yet when someone OD's on that its classed asmisadventure.....hypocrisy.
hercules2016, cardiff, United Kingdom, 18hours ago
Good send a strong message to drug dealersand would be ones.So many innocent lives are being destroyed and ruined becauseof this infestations. This should be echoed worldwide including United Statesof America and United Kingdom.
Chris, cambs, United Kingdom, 17 hours ago
I suspect you will find that the biggerproblem than dealers are those that consume hard drugs, without buyers, sellerswould fast give up. Recreational users ARE the problem but I don't hear peoplemoaning about them?
Lahdeedahdee, Somewhere, United States, 12hours ago
Chris, you can't remove the moral responsibility from the drug dealersthemselves. Despite however many potential customers, selling drugs is achoice, a wrong choice.
Questor, Dartford, United Kingdom, 18 hoursago
Proper Policing. Dealers being dealt with.
enemde, corby, United Kingdom, 18 hours ago
That's the way to do it !
Marshian, Romney Marsh, 18 hours ago
That IS the way to do it, and to hell withtheir human rights, they gave those up when they peddled death in the form ofMethaphhetimine. We should be doing the same thing here and then perhaps thehorrendous drug turf wars in London that have lead to so many murders wouldbegin to slow. And we should execute them in front of people as a warninginclude the the myriad of middle class snorters who entertain themselves andfriends at dinner parties, happy to buy the narcotic with no thought as to theconsequences of what happens when it is trafficked.
Chris, cambs, United Kingdom, 18 hours ago
A bit hypocritical suggesting the drugs are'death' and then merely 'dinner party entertainment'. Things need to be thoughtout in a logical fashion and the likes of cannabis should be legalised to takemoney from the pockets of the gangs and taxed to fund the police. Police canthen focus on harder drugs with better funding and a smaller market for thegangs. Scientifically alcohol is far more damaging physically and socially thancannabis irrespective of peoples bias on the matter... Why not accept the reality,regulate and tax it for the better?
Trecelyn, Newport, United Kingdom, 15 hoursago
Just a thought Chris of Cambs, do you usecannabis?
Paul Gilson, Essex, United Kingdom, 2 daysago
This is utterly unnaceptable, no justicedone here.
Mrs_B.1, U.k , United Kingdom, 2 days ago
But that's their law and the guys broke it.Perhaps justice was done for the people who got hooked and possibly died as aresult of their selling illegal drugs to them ?
surfnut, Looe, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
No? How many innocent young lives lost,families blighted by our soft sentences over here then. I wouldn't care if itwas hundreds. That would mean tens of thousands would be saved...
JaneGrace, Welwyn, United Kingdom, 2 daysago
Its amazing isn't it, a totalitariancommunist regime given hands down support by Daily Mail readers because oftheir blood lust.
Bill O, London, 2 days ago
Effective criminal justice, not blood lust.
Vigilant_City-Zen47, Astrals_FifthDimension, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
please explain to us how any effectivejustice is served? Killing a man over 8 thousand pounds of drugs?!! seemsirrational to me... who decides the price of life and when someone can end it ?Obviously your going against natural laws of the universe...
GammaSoul, Croydon. UK, United Kingdom, 1day ago
Err....... Bill if it was effective therewould be no drug dealers in china... but instead china has one of the fastestgrowing drug markets in the world....... The US has spent trillions on the waron drugs even imprisoning drug users unlike most of countries with absolutelyno effect on drug usage..........