In Turnabout, China Executes Man Accused of Spying

Lauren Keane reports in the Washington Post:

China Friday executed a man convicted of passing sensitive military and political information to Taiwan, even though his family had been told through diplomatic channels Thursday afternoon that they would have another chance to visit him.

Austrian deputy ambassador Stefan Scholz relayed the news of the execution late Friday afternoon to the family of Wo Weihan, 60, according Wo’s daughter, Ran Chen. Chen, an Austrian citizen, had been appealing for clemency through diplomatic channels since arriving in Beijing on Monday. She said that she had been told he was executed by gunshot.

Wo, 60, was put to death even as Chinese and European Union officials were wrapping up a meeting on human rights in Beijing.

November 28, 2008 9:57 AM
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