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China sentences 45-yr-old Japanese to death penalty in smuggling case

China sentences 45-yr-old Japanese to death penalty in smuggling case

SHANGHAI: 45-year old Japanese caught by Chinese Customs Authority has been sentenced to death penalty by the court of Jiangsu for smuggling of illegal drugs to China and then trying to sale them.

The man is planning to appeal the decision by the court in Nantong city, the source said. He is believed to belong to a group of several people who committed the crime.

He was arrested in spring last year for allegedly possessing stimulant drugs and was later indicted on charges of transporting drugs.

China executed four Japanese nationals for drug smuggling in 2010. In July, a Japanese man in his 50s was executed in connection with stimulant drug smuggling.