TOKYO (majirox news) — A Japanese man received the death penalty Friday in Dongguan, Guangdong Province, after being convicted of purchasing eight kilos (17 pounds) of amphetamines, according to Chinese authorities. His sentence was handed down from the Guangdong Higher People’s Court.
The man, who is in his 40s, was caught while buying the stimulants in September 2010 at a cost of ¥3.4 million ($42,000) per kilo, according to the investigators.
Another Japanese man in his 50s who helped in this crime received a death sentence with a two-year reprieve. The third culprit, a Chinese woman, received 15 years in prison.
The two men and the woman have not been identified in either country.
The Japanese man who received the death penalty will appeal his sentence.
According to The Chinese Daily newspaper, official statistics showed that drug trafficking by foreigners is becoming rampant in the country. More than 95 percent of the 98 drug smuggling cases heard at the second branch of the Beijing Municipal People’s Court since 2008 involved foreign defendants. From 2008 to May 2011, the court established 98 drug trafficking cases, which accounted for 67 percent of the 147 smuggling cases, according to court statistics.
A Guangzhou Intermediate People’s Court heard drug-trafficking cases involving nine Africans in November 2008. Eight received a stay of execution, while the ninth person was sentenced to life imprisonment.
In 2009, Akmal Shaikh, a Pakistan-born British businessman, was executed for drug trafficking. He was convicted of carrying up to 4 kilograms (8.8 pounds) of heroin at the Urumqi Airport. Smuggling more than 1.76 ounces (50 grams) of heroin or other drugs is punishable by death in China.
This month, China put to death a 35-year-old Filipino drug trafficker to death despite a clemency appeal from the Philippine president. He was arrested in 2008 at Guilin International Airport while trying to smuggle 1.5 kilograms (3.3 pounds) of heroin from Malaysia.
A Foreign Ministry spokesperson said the newest execution would deter drug smuggling and purchasing in the future.