China executes South African tourist

by William ASTON on December 12, 2011

China has executed the South African woman accused of drug smuggling in 2008, in spite of a last minute appeal from President Jacob Zuma that requested her life be spared.

Janice Bronwyn Linden, aged 38, was executed over three years after she was originally arrested. Global human rights groups have condemned China for constantly imposing the death penalty and in this case insisted that its legal system didn’t guarantee a fair trial.

The South African government said that the execution wouldn’t affect its notably close diplomatic relations with Beijing. Chinese authorities allowed Ms Linden’s sisters to see her for an hour before she was executed by lethal injection, as confirmed by South Africa’s e.News, which was quoting a China-based correspondent.

Ms Linden was apprehended in November 2008 upon being found with 3kg of methamphetamine in her suitcase shortly after her arrival at Guangzhou Airport in southeastern China. Right up until her execution, she maintained her innocence and said that the drugs were planted on her.

The Chinese authorities will pass Ms Linden’s ashes to her relatives, following her cremation, as arranged between the two states. A foreign affair spokesman representing the Democratic Alliance party, Stevens Mokgalapa, blasted the ruling government in South Africa for not doing enough to prevent Ms Linden from being executed.

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audrey sibiya December 13, 2011 at 1:07 pm

yes she did commit crime i agree but it does n’t give any person or government to decide when was her last day to leave this world, yet how many lifes was she going to destroy here in south africa with her tick (cocain) i ges if we look at this whole situation it’s a mess who are we to jugde anyway!

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