CHINA: TWO EXECUTED IN KIDNAPPING CRACKDOWN
March 25, 2010: in southern China, the Intermediate People's Court of Shenzhen announced that Xu Qingxi and Xu Qifang were executed in separate cases. Qingxi abducted a boy, 13, for ransom in May 2008, who choked to death when Xu tried to silence him. Qifang kidnapped a girl, 6, for ransom in March 2006. He sealed her mouth and later found her dead.
The booming town of Shenzhen launched a campaign in December 2009 to crack down upon kidnapping and other serious crimes following a string of Â abductions of school children. (Sources: China Daily, 26/03/2010)