CHINA: S. KOREAN DRUG OFFENDER EXECUTED
December 30, 2014: China executed a South Korean national for smuggling and trading drugs, Seoul's foreign ministry said on 5 January 2015.
He was identified only by his surname Kim and was executed despite Seoul's repeated pleas for clemency, the ministry said.
He was arrested in China in May 2010 on charges of smuggling some 5 kilograms of drugs into the country and trafficking them.
A Chinese district court sentenced him to death in April 2012 and an appellate court upheld the ruling eight months later. China's highest court also confirmed the sentence.
Kim is the fourth South Korean that China has executed for drug offenses in 2014. In early August, three South Korean nationals were executed for smuggling and trading drugs. (Sources: Yonhap, 05/01/2015)