CHINA EXECUTES CONVICTED KILLER AFTER RAISING SENTENCE
May 17, 2011: China executed a convicted murderer after raising his suspended death sentence following a new conviction for attacking another prisoner, state media said.
Xiao Mouping was executed in the southern city of Meizhou, Guangdong province, the local Yangcheng Evening News reported.
Xiao was sentenced to death with a two-year suspension in 2008 after a court in Meizhou found him guilty of murder, the newspaper said without giving details of the murder case.
In May 2009, one week after his punishment for taking a shower outside regulated hours, Xiao attacked a cellmate who he believed had informed prison authorities of the breach. The cellmate suffered minor injuries in the attack, the newspaper said.
Xiao's execution followed a rare case of a court raising a suspended death sentence.
Subject to good behaviour in prison during the two-year suspension, such sentences were normally commuted to up to 20 years in prison until recently. A new rule from May 1 allows courts to impose minimum sentences of 25 years for the most serious offenders whose suspended death sentences are commuted. (Sources: DPA, 17/05/2011)