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CHINA: FORMER FUJIAN VICE GOVERNOR STANDS TRIAL FOR GRAFT

September 22, 2016: Xu Gang, former vice governor of the southeast China's Fujian province, stood trial for accepting bribes.
Xu was accused of taking advantage of his various official posts from 2002 to 2013 to seek benefits for others in regards to their businesses, promotion and reassignment.
In exchange, Xu accepted bribes worth 19.77 million yuan (around US$2.97 million) either by himself or through his wife, Yu Na, from 2005 to 2014, according to the indictment from the People's Procuratorate of Hefei, capital of east China's Anhui Province.
The procuratorate filed the charges with Hefei Intermediate People's Court.
Xu confessed to accepting bribes and expressed remorse to the court.
The court ruling will be announced at a later date.
The maximum penalty for those convicted of accepting bribes of at least 3 million yuan in an "extremely serious case" with "extremely vile impact" is death penalty, according to a judicial explanation issued in April. However, a two-year suspended death sentence may be issued if there are mitigating factors.
Nearly 50 people, including journalists and members of the public, observed the hearing. (Sources: Xinhua, September 22, 2016)

IRAN: MAN ARRESTED TWO WEEKS AGO HANGED IN PUBLIC
SAUDI ARABIA: THREE PRISONERS EXECUTED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING, MURDER
IRAN: EIGHT PRISONERS INCLUDING WOMAN EXECUTED ON DRUG CHARGES
INDONESIA: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH OVER GANG RAPE
IRAN: EIGHT PRISONERS EXECUTED ON MURDER AND MOHAREBEH CHARGES
DEATH PENALTY UPHELD FOR CHINA ARSONIST
IRAN: SEVEN PRISONERS HANGED FOR DRUG RELATED OFFENSES
PAKISTAN: SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS DEATH PENALTY FOR MENTALLY ILL MAN
LEBANON: MILITARY COURT SENTENCES MAWLAWI, MANSOUR TO DEATH
IRAN: HANDS OFF CAIN CALLS FOR THE RELEASE OF THE ACTIVIST NARGES MOHAMMADI
VIETNAM: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER
SAUDI ARABIA: ETHIOPIAN EXECUTED FOR MURDERING A CHILD
IRAN: FIVE EXECUTED ON DRUG CHARGES
SUDAN: COURT CONDEMNS 18 TRIBESMEN TO DEATH
KENYA: HIGH COURT FINDS MANDATORY DEATH SENTENCE UNCONSTITUTIONAL
EGYPT: 7 PEOPLE SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR POLICEMAN KILLING
MALAYSIA: CANNY ONG'S MURDERER HANGED
SOUTH SUDAN: DOZENS OF SOLDIERS SENTENCED TO DEATH
CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG DEFENDS USE OF DEATH PENALTY
IRAN: PRISONER HANGED IN PUBLIC AT FOOTBALL STADIUM
FIELD POLL: CALIFORNIA DEATH PENALTY REPEAL LEADS
JAPAN: BAR FEDERATION TARGETS ABOLISHING DEATH PENALTY FOR 1ST TIME
VIETNAM: 9 SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR HEROIN TRAFFICKING
SUDAN: TRIAL TO RESUME FOR CHRISTIAN PASTORS WHO COULD FACE DEATH PENALTY
SIERRA LEONE TO REINTRODUCE DEATH PENALTY AS VIOLENT CRIMES SPIKE
INDIA: SUPREME COURT MOVES AWAY FROM DEATH PENALTY
PAKISTAN STAYS EXECUTION OF MENTALLY ILL MAN
IRAN: PRISONER EXECUTED ON DRUG RELATED CHARGES
NIGERIA: MAN WHO MURDERED WIFE SENTENCED TO DEATH IN JIGAWA STATE
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