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People's Republic of China: Death penalty

, Index number: ASA 17/007/1997

Zhang Zhengmao, Shi Yuansheng, Shi Yuanzhang: There is concern that the above men have been sentenced to death on 6 February 1997 on charges relating to economic offences. Zhang Zhengmao and Shi Yuansheng, manager and deputy director of two real-estate development firms in Jishou city, Hunan province, were charged with embezzlement and accepting bribes. A third defendant, Shi Yuanzhang, a former Communist Party Secretary of Jishou city, was given the death sentence with a two-year reprieve.

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