China`s SC annuls death sentence of two men convicted of rape

China`s Supreme Court today annulled the death penalty of two men convicted of raping an 11-year-old girl in 2006 and ordered a retrial in a case that drew global attention on the country`s controversial reeducation through labour programme.

PTI| Last Updated: Jun 12, 2014, 15:06 PM IST

Beijing: China`s Supreme Court today annulled the death penalty of two men convicted of raping an 11-year-old girl in 2006 and ordered a retrial in a case that drew global attention on the country`s controversial reeducation through labour programme.

The victim was kidnapped, raped and forced into prostitution in October 2006.

She was rescued on December 30, 2006.

On June 5, 2012, the Hunan Provincial Higher People`s Court sentenced two of the girl`s kidnappers to death.

Zhou Junhui and Qin Xing were found guilty of rape, organising prostitution and forcing others into prostitution, will have their cases retried at Hunan provincial higher court, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Four others were given life sentences and another one received a 15-year prison term.

Victim`s mother, Tang Hui, a social campaigner, insisted on harsher punishments for all those found guilty.

She was put into the now defunct reeducation through labour program in Yongzhou for "seriously disturbing social order and exerting a negative impact on society" after protesting in front of local government buildings on August 2, 2012.

Reeducation through labour programme used to be a system of administrative detentions in China which is generally used to detain persons for minor crimes and religious or political dissidents.

In July, a high court in Hunan ruled in her favour when she sued the local authority for infringing her freedom and causing her psychological damage.

Her case helped bring about the abolishment of the reeducation through labour program late last year.