Text Version
RSS Feeds
Newsletter
Home Forum Photos Features Newsletter Archive Employment
About US Help Site Map
SEARCH   About US FAQ Site Map What's New?
  SERVICES
  -Text Version
  -RSS Feeds
  -Newsletter
  -News Archive
  -Give us feedback
  -Voices of Readers
  -Online community
  -China Biz info
  What's new
Ex-drug chief's execution justified, but capital punishment should be limited
+ -
21:00, July 12, 2007

 Related News
 Only death penalty can atone his towering crime!
 China tightens approval of drugs
 New drug measures
 China's pharmarceutical watchdog vows to tighten approval procedures
 Comment  Tell A Friend
 Print Format  Save Article
China''s legal experts and the public consider the execution of former drug chief Zheng Xiaoyu to be fully deserved given his shocking dereliction of duty, but many are also warning that China needs to be cautious in handing out death penalties.

Cui Min, a professor at the Chinese People''s University of Public Security, said the consequences of Zheng''s dereliction of duty were extremely serious, and the court''s ruling had sound legal justification.

Zheng, 63, former director of China''s State Food and Drug Administration, was executed on Tuesday morning for taking 6.49 million yuan (850,000 U.S. dollars) in bribes and dereliction of duty.

Whether Zheng''s death sentence was too harsh is being heatedly debated.

"Given that bribery alone is punishable by death under Chinese law, Zheng deserved the death sentence," said Cui.
Moreover, Zheng''s actions put health and life in danger, and shook trust in the government''s competence.

Six types of medicine approved by the administration during his tenure were fake, one of which -- an antibiotic injection -- caused the deaths of at least six people and severe reactions in more than 80 others.

[1] [2] [3]




  Your Message:   Most Commented:
Ambassador reviews Germany-China relations
President Hu vows to remain committed to "one country, two systems" principle
CPC full of vigor and vitality
Chinese leader urges college united front members to make more contribution
China's trade surplus expected to exceed 100 bln USD in first half

|About Peopledaily.com.cn | Advertise on site | Contact us | Site map | Job offer|
Copyright by People's Daily Online, All Rights Reserved

http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/6214483.pdf