Lawyer: Top court OKs death sen­tence in poi­son­ing case

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By CAO YIN caoyin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China’s top court ap­proved the death sen­tence of a for­mer med­i­cal­stu­den­twhopoi­soned his room­mate, a lawyer for the fam­ily said onWed­nes­day.

Xie Tongx­i­ang, the lawyer rep­re­sent­ing the fam­ily of Lin Sen­hao, 29, said Lin’s fa­ther had re­ceived a no­tice from a Shang­hai court on Tues­day in whicha­ju­di­cial of­fi­cial­saidthe Supreme Peo­ple’s Court had ap­proved a lower court’s de­ci­sion in the case, and said he could see his son be­fore Fri­day.

Lin was sen­tenced to death in the first trial at Shang­hai No 2 In­ter­me­di­ate Peo­ple’s Court in Fe­bru­ary 2014 for killing his room­mate, Huang Yang, by putting a deadly poi­son in­Huang’s wa­ter dis­penser at Fu­dan Univer­sity in Shang­hai. Huang died in April 2013 of liver, kid­ney and lung fail­ure af­ter suf­fer­ing two weeks of ill­ness.

On Jan 8, Shang­hai High Peo­ple’s Court up­held the death sen­tence­and­sub­mit­ted its judg­ment to the na­tion’s top court for re­view. The top court ap­proved the judg­ment, Xie, the lawyer, said. Such ap­provals gen­er­ally clear the way for ex­e­cu­tions.

A re­port on Wed­nes­day in Huaxi Me­trop­o­lis Daily also quoted the fa­ther as say­ing Xie had con­firmed the top court’s de­ci­sion.

Con­tacted by China Daily on Wed­nes­day, the in­for­ma­tion of­fice of the Supreme Peo­ple’s Court said only that the court was “aware” of the news re­port but wouldn’t con­firm the court’s de­ci­sion. Calls to the court’s crim­i­nal di­vi­sion were not an­swered.

HuangGuo­qiang, the fa­ther of vic­tim Huang Yang, was quoted in the Le­gal Evening News in Beijing as say­ing he was re­lieved when he heard that the top court had up­held the death sen­tence, say­ing it pro­vided fairness for his son.

“We had a tomb sweep­ing for Huang Yang af­ter we heard the news,” the news­pa­per quot­edHuang as say­ing.

Lin Zun­yao, the fa­ther of the for­mer med­i­cal stu­dent, could not be reached for com­ment, but Huaxi Me­trop­o­lis Daily quoted him as say­ing that he couldn’t sleep af­ter re­ceiv­ing the Shang­hai court’s no­tice and that he went to Beijing onWed­nes­day.

“I was mud­dled and didn’t know what to do,” the pa­per quoted him as say­ing.

His wife “can’t sleep or eat. In­stead, she is al­ways cry­ing”, Lin told the pa­per.

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