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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Justice in China

Carrying out its own brand of swift justice (and extreme, if I may add), China has executed the former head of its food and drug administration:

The Supreme People's Court approved the death sentence against Zheng Xiaoyu, 62, who was convicted of taking bribes worth some 6.5 million yuan ($850,000) from eight companies and dereliction of duty, Xinhua news agency said. (CNN: China executes ex-drug chief for graft.)

He was head of the department from 1998 to 2005. I'm not exactly sure if his actions during that time might have resulted in China's problems earlier this year with exported pet food, toothpaste and who knows what all. In any event, his acts brought shame to his country. Shame. Shame.

Also, I'm not sure when his trial was, but he was sentenced on May 29, his appeal was held in June, and presumably he was executed today. Sorry to be morbid, but I can't help but wonder what form of execution they used.

Posted by Marie at July 10, 2007 11:37 PM


Maybe the guy was forced to brush his teefs with the funky toofpaste.

In Utah, it used to be that you could choose which way to go: the shot or the firing squad. I would have to say that I would most definitely choose the firing squad. Especially if they gave you the blindfold and the cigarette. Talk about an awesome way to go.

Posted by: Anonymous Communist at July 11, 2007 2:56 AM

Extreme? Yeah.

In past years, China dispatched its condemned criminals by shooting them in the back of the head or neck or into the heart. A quick death, and you don't have to worry about marksmanship. The prisoner's family is required to pay for the bullet, too. For a rundown on our No. 1 trading partner's execution methods, check: http://www.richard.clark32.btinternet.co.uk/shooting.html

China's supposed to be transitioning to lethal injection; they execute so many people that they have a fleet of vans that are used as deathmobiles.

Posted by: Dan at July 11, 2007 9:25 AM