CHINA: MAN CONVICTED OF ABDUCTING 22 CHILDREN EXECUTED
January 29, 2016: A man convicted of abducting 22 children has been executed, China's top court said.
The Supreme People's Court announced the execution of Tan Yongzhi, who organized and carried out the abductions of 22 infants and children, the court said.
Tan kidnapped the victims between February 2008 and April 2013 from areas stretching from southwest China's Yunnan to central China's Henan provinces.
The court also said that all of Tan's property was confiscated. Tan's actions and the large number of children he kidnapped seriously damaged children's rights, which is why he was condemned to death by the Zhengzhou Intermediate People's Court in Henan and the top court approved the execution, said the court.
Chinese courts have always provided heavy penalties for those convicted of abducting a child.
In 2010, the nation's top court, the top prosecuting authority and the Ministry of Public Security jointly issued a guideline to increase crackdowns against such criminals. (Source: China Daily, 29/01/2016)