China Executes 15 in 1 Day (Updated)

China’s official state media announced that 15 people were executed in the Hunan city of Changsha last Thursday, including a man convicted of detonating explosives outside a local tax office in July 2010. From The Washington Post:

Xinhua says China’s supreme court approved the death sentence of Liu and 11 others Thursday. All death sentences are sent to the supreme court for review and are usually carried out immediately if approved.

The other 11 people were convicted of crimes including murder and robbery.

China executes more people than any other country — around 4,000 people a year.

The China Daily reported that 15 people in total were executed and that two other men convicted of assisting Liu with the crime each received seven years in jail. See also additional CDT coverage of the death penalty in China, including a recent photoseries which depicts the last 12 hours in the lives of four condemned female drug dealers before their 2003 execution in Wuhan.

[Update: This post was edited to reflect the China Daily report that a total of 15 people executed, rather than the 12 reported by the Washington Post.]

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