China's top court cautiously imposes death penalty: expert

By Liu Caiyu Source:Global Times Published: 2017/4/23 23:48:39

SPC cautiously imposes death penalty: expert

The man convicted in a high profile murder and rape case in Southwest China's Guizhou Province was executed on Saturday after the country's top court completed a three-month review of the death sentence verdict.

Law experts said the top court's probe and review prove that China is becoming more discreet when enforcing the death penalty.

Chen Quansong was scheduled to be executed on January 23 after China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) reviewed the death penalty, Chen's attorney told news site

But the execution was cancelled on the day without elaborating why, and the SPC launched a new investigation over the case.

After three months of further investigation and proof, the SPC resumed its decision of the death sentence on Chen, and Chen was executed for homicide on Saturday.

Chen, 30, was convicted of murder after he killed two young women surnamed Wang and Xian in January 2014 in Shiqian county, Southwest China's Guizhou Province.

Chen then raped Wang's corpse and covered the two bodies with tree branches.

"The case shows that SPC tries to clear any doubts over imposing the death penalty and ensuring it is cautiously used," said Mo Shaoping, a law professor at the Central University of Finance and Economics.

 "China has been increasingly cautious toward the use of the death penalty after the SPC gained review rights on death penalty cases in 2007, and in 2011 the court reduced the types of crimes covered by the death penalty from 68 to 55," Mo added.

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