Public watch ‘stadium trial’

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BEIJING (AFP) – Thousands of spectators filled a stadium in China to watch 10 suspects be sentenced to death for crimes ranging from drug-dealing to homicide before they were taken away to be executed at the weekend. An online video of the rare public trial on Saturday showed the handcuffed suspects paraded around a track before onlookers. A public announcement last week from Lufeng City People’s Court had invited citizens to sit in on the “open-air stadium trial”, as it was dubbed by the state-run Global Times. Beijing News criticised the court for making a spectacle of the sentences.

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