Man ex­e­cuted for nail-gun mur­der

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

A court in He­bei province an­nounced that aman­con­victed of mur­der was ex­e­cuted on Tues­day morn­ing, de­spite his case spark­ing con­tro­versy.

Shi­ji­azhuang In­ter­me­di­ate Peo­ple’s Court posted a state­ment on its mi­cro blog an­nounc­ing that it had im­ple­mented the or­der handed down by the Supreme Peo­ple’s Court to ex­e­cute Jia Jin­g­long.

The con­vict was al­lowed to meet his fam­ily mem­bers be­fore the ex­e­cu­tion, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

It said that Jia, 30, a vil­lager in Shi­ji­azhuang, was sen­tenced to death onNov 24 last year for homi­cide, and that the sen­tence was up­held by the He­bei High Peo­ple’s Court on May 17 and sub­mit­ted to the top court for re­view.

The top court found that Jia had a dis­pute with He Jian­hua, the vil­lage chief, af­ter the for­mer’s house was de­mol­ished as part of a re­con­struc­tion project in 2013, adding that Jia had held a grudge and sought re­venge.

The con­vict bought three nail gun san done imi­ta­tion gun. On Feb 19 last year, the first day of Spring Fes­ti­val hol­i­day, he took them to a vil­lage party and shot He with a nail gun in an act of re­venge, the top court said.

Jia then fled in a car he had parked near the lo­ca­tion ear­lier that day, it added.

“J ia com­mit­ted homi­cide. The mur­der was cruel and had a neg­a­tive im­pact on the lo­cal com­mu­nity ,” the top court said. It added that af­ter re­view­ing the case, it ap­proved Jia’s ex­e­cu­tion as the lower courts had pro­vided clear and suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to jus­tify such pun­ish­ment.

The case re­ceived wide pub­lic at­ten­tion and com­men­tary by le­gal ex­perts af­ter Jia’s sis­ter re­quested a halt to his ex­e­cu­tion.

Some le­gal pro­fes­sion­als said Jia de­served a more le­nient pun­ish­ment as the vil­lage had also com­mit­ted wrong­do­ings in de­mol­ish­ing his house.

In re­sponse, an of­fi­cial from the top court’s No 3 Crim­i­nal Tri­bunal said that Jia’s ex­e­cu­tion was jus­ti­fi­able.

“He spent two years pre­par­ing the mur­der, in­clud­ing plan­ning where, when and how to mur­derthe vil­lage chief, as well as us­ing a gun, which is il­le­gal in China. Mur­der­ing some­one is a ruth­less act,” said the of­fi­cial who did not give his name.

“Af­ter he shot the vil­lage chief, other villagers at­tempted to ap­pre­hend him, but he es­caped by driv­ing to­ward peo­ple in his car and threat­en­ing to shoot them,” he said.

In ad­di­tion, he com­mit­ted the crime dur­ing Spring Fes­ti­val, China’ s most im­por­tant hol­i­day for fam­ily re­union ,“which showed his de­lib­er­ate mal­ice”.

As for the de­mo­li­tion, the of­fi­cial ex­plained that the vil­lage’s re­con­struc­tion project had been ap­proved by the Shi­ji­azhuang gov­ern­ment at the time and Jia’s other fam­ily mem­bers had agreed to move out of their house.

“Al­though the vil­lage com­mit­tee be­haved im­prop­erly dur­ing the de­mo­li­tion process, it was not a de­ci­sion made solely byHe. It does not ex­cuse Jia’s ac­tions and does not mean he de­served a more le­nient pun­ish­ment for mur­der­ing the vil­lage chief,” he added.

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