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Former head of China's drug watchdog executed in Beijing (3)
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17:59, July 10, 2007

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Zheng''s case has triggered a public debate, with some saying the death penalty was too "harsh", given the amount of bribes Zheng had taken.

"The amount is only one aspect for the judgement of the court. Zheng was sentenced to death because the impact of his corruption and dereliction of duty was extremely negative." said Professor Gao Mingxuan, of the Law School of the People''s University of China.

"Zheng''s case highlights how the government should take effective measures to supervise authority," Gao said.

Zhao Bingzhi, director the Criminal Law Institute of the China Law Society, said, "The execution of Zheng demonstrated the resolve of the government to punish corrupt officials, and those with high positions and strong power are punished without mercy."

Last week, one of Zheng''s subordinates, Cao Wenzhuang, former head of the drug registration department of the SFDA, was given a suspended death sentence by the Beijing Municipal No.1 Intermediate People''s Court.

Commenting on Zheng''s case, SFDA spokeswoman Yan Jiangying said at a news conference on Tuesday that corrupt officials shamed the food and drug supervision system.

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