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China: Fear of imminent execution: Ma Weihua

, Index number: ASA 17/043/2004

A woman, Ma Weihua (f), aged 29, facing the death penalty on drug charges has reportedly been forced to have an abortion in police custody. China's Criminal Law forbids the execution of pregnant women, but Chinese newspaper reports suggest that Ma Weihua's pregnancy was terminated so that she could be put to death "legally".

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