Wednesday, September 03, 2008

China: Yang Jia death sentence over killing frenzy sparks debate...

An unemployed man charged with killing six Shanghai police officers in a knife attack was sentenced to death Monday, state media reported.

However, the 28-year-old seemed to engender as much sympathy as condemnation from many Chinese, who expressed concerns online about police treatment of suspects and the fairness of the legal system.

The Shanghai No. 2 People's Intermediate Court found Yang Jia guilty of premeditated murder and ordered the death penalty for the Beijing man, said the official New China News Agency. On July 1, Yang stabbed a security guard at a police building in Shanghai's Zhabei District, started a fire at the gate, then attacked nine officers inside the building with a knife.

Shanghai's public security bureau said at a news conference July 7 that Yang had sought revenge after Zhabei police interrogated and detained him for six hours last fall over a stolen bicycle. More...

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