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7.10.2007

China executes ex-food and drug chief


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The former head of the Chinese equivalent to the FDA was executed for having approved six untested medicines with fake documents in exchange for bribe money. At least ten people died as a result of having taken one of the fake.

At first glance, the sentence seems to be severe but considering his direct responsibility to the deaths of ten individuals, he probably deserves the capital punishment. One thing though, I hope that due process was followed and the accused's rights were respected. Being so hot in international trade, China is so conscious of its image and seems to be doing everything expeditiously to protect its image.