Death Sentence in Milk Trial

Three men have been sentenced to death for their role in the tainted milk scandal, while Tian Wenhua, former chairwoman of the Sanlu Group, has been given a life sentence. From Caijing:

On the afternoon of January 22, the Intermediate People’s Court in Shijiazhuang announced a death penalty sentence for Zhang Yujun, who sold 600 tons of a mixture containing the industrial chemical melamine to dairy farmers and dealers as a means of boosting protein readings. Zhang’s workshop was allegedly China’s largest source of melamine and earned him 6.8 million yuan.

Also sentenced to death was milk producer Geng Jinping, who had been convicted of producing and selling toxic food to dairy companies.

Gao Junjie, another melamine producer, received a suspended death sentence with two years reprieve.

Besides Tian, another two former deputy general managers of Sanlu, Wang Yuliang and Hang Zhiqi, received 15 years and 8 years in prison, respectively.

See also a report on the sentences from the New York Times.

January 22, 2009 10:56 AM
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