Thursday, February 9, 2012

Financial Fraud Equals Death

Countries throughout the world have different views on the death penalty.  The European counties made the news in 2011 when they refused to export thiopental to the United States because they oppose the death penalty.  Then there's China who does not mess around.  According to China's criminal code, a person convicted of financial fraud is punishable by death if the money involved is "especially huge" and an "especially heavy loss" of the interests has been made to the state and the people.

Death sentence weighs heavily 

Updated: 2012-02-08 10:32

By Zhao Yinan (China Daily)

BEIJING - Wu Ying, a tycoon once listed among the richest women in China, has come to her last hope of survival.

The former 31-year-old billionaire, now on death row, is waiting for the top court's final review of her capital sentence, which was upheld by a local court last month, a few days ahead of the Chinese New Year.

Shen Ziming, the presiding judge of the case from the High People's Court of East China's Zhejiang province, told China News Service that the court endorsed the previous judgment after finding the defendant illegally raised up to 770 million yuan ($122 million) from 11 lenders with the promise of high returns from 2005 to 2007, and hence should be "severely punished" for the apparent Ponzi-like scheme, as she has "brought huge losses to the nation and people with her serious crimes".

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