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China executes three drug smugglers PDF Print E-mail
BEIJING, June 26 (APP):  Three men were executed in East China’s Fujian province after being convicted of smuggling a popular club drug across the Taiwan Strait, court officials said Tuesday. Chen Tianlu, Xu Futai and Wang Zhenzong, all from China’s Taiwan, were executed in Zhangzhou on Monday after the Supreme People’s Court approved their death sentences, Xinhua news agency reported quoting officials with the Intermediate Court of Zhangzhou.

The three men were convicted of smuggling hundreds of kilograms of ketamine, a drug popular in Taiwan’s nightclubs, from Fujian to Taiwan by boat from 2009 to 2010. They were all arrested in Fujian during drug transactions.
Chen and Xu were sentenced to death in December 2010, while Wang,  in a separate case, was sentenced to death in April 2011. All three had appealed the verdicts, but the Zhangzhou court upheld the original sentences.
Drug trafficking is a capital offense in China.
 

     

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