CHINA: GERMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER IN XIAMEN
August 21, 2014: a German was sentenced to death in China for the first time in modern history. The 36-year-old man was convicted of a double murder in Xiamen in 2010. Germany has vowed to stop the execution.
German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin SchĂ¤fer said at a press conference in Berlin that the man, who was not named in accordance with German press guidelines, had been convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and her partner on a street in Xiamen in June 2010 using a hammer and a knife.
SchĂ¤fer stressed that the verdict could be appealed and underlined Germanyâs opposition to the death penalty. He said Berlin would do âeverything in its powerâ to ensure that the death sentence wouldnât be carried out. âThe German government categorically opposes all forms of capital punishment ... and this of course applies all the more when German nationals are threatened abroad.â
This is the first time on record that China has sentenced a German national to death. The last time a European was executed was in 2009, when China put to death a British citizen for drug smuggling. (Sources: DPA/AFP, 20/08/2014)