BEIJING TO ADOPT LETHAL INJECTION FOR ALL DEATH PENALTY CRIMINALS NEXT YEAR
November 4, 2009: Beijing will adopt lethal injection next year for all death row inmates, and a lethal injection room has already been set up in the capital, Beijing Youth Daily reported.
Law department officials in Beijing have inspected the lethal injection room, and are working on the route which will escort the condemned to the room.
Beijing reportedly has attempted for many years to use lethal injection for death penalty criminals. In the past, only Qincheng jail in Beijing which imprisons high level officials guilty of crime, used lethal injection.
The latest lethal injection in Beijing was performed on July 10, 2007 when China's ministerial-level official Zheng Xiaoyu, former head of the State Food and Drug Administration who was found guilty of taking bribes to approve untested medicine, was executed. (Sources: China Daily, 04/11/2009)