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post #1 of 15
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I know that everyone on this site has been paranoid about the recalled pet food containing melanine from China. The man that used to head the agency for safe food and drugs will be executed. Is this a bit extreme?

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18911849/
post #2 of 15
Ain't commmunism grand?
post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by Momofmany View Post
I know that everyone on this site has been paranoid about the recalled pet food containing melanine from China. The man that used to head the agency for safe food and drugs will be executed. Is this a bit extreme?

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18911849/
Not in China. In fact, the government most likely thought that it would be a good PR move.
post #4 of 15
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Not in China. In fact, the government most likely thought that it would be a good PR move.
Sad, but true in China.
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by lookingglass View Post
Not in China. In fact, the government most likely thought that it would be a good PR move.
That's what I thought after reading the article. A lot of us wanted someone to pay for the pet contamination, but wow! This is over the top.
post #6 of 15
how it may seem a little to much, lets look at this issues.

people died from drugs,
people died from posion food
pets died.
posion toothpaste made it the western market.

part is PR and part is justice.

all cause he was taking money,
post #7 of 15
Until this country takes away the death penalty I don't think we have a right to criticize.

We routinely give the death penalty to people who have killed other people. By this mans actions of corruption he has fostered an enviroment that has poisoned people as well as animals, causing death. He is complicent if not the outright cause by approving unsafe drugs.

So I have no opinion on China's decision in this matter.

Tricia
post #8 of 15
Do you think this guy get to appeal his sentence Tricia? Think it will be 20+
years before he is executed?
I'm not for the death penalty anymore either, but the US is light years ahead of China in human rights, I think we all can admit that.
post #9 of 15
All I can say is it is China... the land we are giving our military intellegence too ... are trading with .... HUMMMMMMMMMMM
post #10 of 15
Pfft. China. Don't get me started. I will get in trouble with Max.
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by ckblv View Post
Do you think this guy get to appeal his sentence Tricia? Think it will be 20+
years before he is executed?
I'm not for the death penalty anymore either, but the US is light years ahead of China in human rights, I think we all can admit that.
I don't know what will happen to him. I am surprised he even got a trial which was probably the PR part of all this. China does have an abysmal and I do mean abysmal human rights record. And if you want to talk about thier jailing of dissadents w/o trial or evidence, restriction of press, and other human rights that the US protects I am right there. There is something scary about all their secretcy. This thread however, was China applying the death penalty to one of their citizens after a trial which the US does as well. I wasn't at the trial so I don't know if it was fair or unbiased like the US tries to be. I don't know what all the evidence was and I don't think the West will know. But I am willing to bet that with over $800,000 in bribes there were alot more potentially dangerous products that were approved. I don't think this is the only person involved and in that respect he probably is the fall guy in a PR campaign to redeem China's image of its exports. So this case does not impress me on its merit and doesn't change my opinion of products made in China. I think they have a long way to go to clean up thier act.

Tricia
post #12 of 15
With the number of crimes punishable by death in China (68!), and the number of people executed every year (c. 1,770 in 2005), I rather doubt that PR was the driving force here, though it must have played a major role.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6733279.stm
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China is believed to execute more people than rest of the world combined
Non-violent crimes such as tax fraud and embezzlement carry death penalty
Other crimes include murder, rape, robbery and drug offences
China does not publish official figures on executions
Many cases are based on confessions and trials often take less than a day, observers say
Here are some interesting Chinese articles on the death penalty:
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english...ent_412758.htm
http://english.people.com.cn/200706/...25_387522.html

The second really makes you wonder about the PR factor:
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The Supreme People's Court (SPC) on Monday announced its approval of the death penalty for seven drug traffickers, a day before the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
post #13 of 15
I'm angry at what he did but against the death penalty

He is, under the evidence given (which you can make of what you will) a murderer and would be executed under US laws surely?
post #14 of 15
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I'm angry at what he did but against the death penalty

He is, under the evidence given (which you can make of what you will) a murderer and would be executed under US laws surely?
I believe that most states with the death penalty would classify that as negligent homicide, or involuntary manslaughter, so, no.
http://www.iejs.com/Law/Criminal_Law...nslaughter.htm
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In one instance, an antibiotic approved by Zheng’s agency killed at least 10 patients last year before it was taken off the market.
He deliberately approved untested medicines resulting in the death of people as well as pets. And he did it for money. How is that any different than outright murder?
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