China to execute Japanese convict on Tuesday

Last Updated: Monday, April 5, 2010 - 20:17

Dalian (China): China has told Japan that
it plans to execute a Japanese man convicted of drug smuggling
on Tuesday, sources said on Monday.

It was earlier believed that China would execute
Mitsunobu Akano, 65, who was convicted of attempting to
smuggle 2.5 kilograms of stimulant drugs from China to Japan
in 2006, on Monday.

His death sentence was finalised in April 2009.
Earlier today, Akano`s family members apparently met him
at a detention facility in the northeastern city of Dalian. A
Japanese diplomatic vehicle believed to be carrying them was
seen leaving the facility.

If Akano is executed, it will be the first execution by
China of a Japanese national since the two countries
normalised diplomatic relations in 1972.

China has also told Japan it will execute three more
Japanese convicts, as early as Thursday.


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First Published: Monday, April 5, 2010 - 20:17

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