China to execute Japanese convict on Tuesday
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Last Updated: Monday, April 05, 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.


First Published: Monday, April 05, 2010, 20:17

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