China has executed a South Korean national for smuggling and trading drugs, Seoul’s foreign ministry said today. It follows Beijing’s execution of three South Korean drug dealers five months earlier.
Despite Seoul’s repeated pleas for clemency, the Chinese authorities on Tuesday executed the South Korean national, identified only by his surname Kim, who was sentenced to death for drug smuggling and transportation in China, the ministry said.
Kim was arrested in China in May 2010 on charges of smuggling some 5 kilograms of drugs into the country and trafficking them.
A Chinese district court sentenced him to death in April 2012 and an appellate court upheld the ruling eight months later. China’s highest court also confirmed the sentence.
Kim is the fourth South Korean that China has executed for drug offenses this year. In early August, three South Korean nationals were executed in China for smuggling and trading drugs.
Source: Busan eFM News
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