The negative reaction of the people to the public death sentence of ten people in China will make Chinese authorities to prohibit such practices even more rigidly, writes Guardian.
A public trial and the death sentence of ten people at a sports stadium in China proves the desperation of the Chinese government, experts say.
Thousands of people, including uniformed students, were gathered at the stadium in the city of Luffing to witness the public trial. The ten convicted people after the trial were taken from the stadium and liquidated, Daily Mail reports.
China officially does not allow public trials outside the courtroom, but local authorities continue to implement their brutal policies.
“There is still a disproportion between the national elites, who are more liberal and want reforms, and local officials who want severe punishment,” explains the law professor at Hong Kong University, Michel Miao.
“The local authorities continue to strongly support such public trials,” she adds.
These aggressive measures are a sign that local authorities are desperate and frustrated by the failed drug fight, Miao says. The public trial took place in an area known for the production of methamphetamine.
Due to the public condemnation of this trial, Miao expects the Beijing authorities will try harder to put an end to such practice.
The Liberian-based newspaper “The Beijing News”, owned by the state-run radio network, published a comment entitled “Stop with the publicly presenting the drama of public death sentences.” The article speaks against the humiliation of convicts and calls this case “a serious embarrassment for the rule of law”.
The reactions of the Chinese social networks are divided: some strongly condemn the trial, wondering if the next step would be public executions, while others believe that convicted criminals are losing the right to act with dignity.
China has been trying to reduce the number of death sentences in the last 10 years. In 2007, a request was made that all death sentences must be reviewed and approved by the Supreme People’s Court. The court, in one year, allegedly rejected 10 percent of the death sentences.