onsdag 17. juni 2020

‘A rigged deck of cards’: Australian man's death sentence exposes China’s byzantine legal system

On Saturday Chinese officials announced Australian man, Karm Gilespie, had been sentenced to death for attempting to smuggle 7.5kg of methamphetamine through a Chinese airport in December 2013. It was the first time since his arrest the public learned he was detained in China. It’s almost impossible to know the processes which led to Gilespie being found guilty and sentenced to death. China’s legal system is notoriously opaque, and information on executions is considered a state secret.

China is believed to be responsible for the largest number of executions globally, with Amnesty International estimating that China imposes and carries out death sentences – via lethal injection and shooting – in the thousands every year.