South African Woman Executed In China For Drug Smuggling

A 37-year old Janice Linden from South Africa, has been executed in China for drug smuggling despite appeals from the South African government for them to spare her life.

Janice was arrested at the Baiyun International Airport in China in November 2008 for smuggling three kilograms of crystal methamphetamine in luggage through the airport.

Linden was said to have maintained her innocence despite the Chinese court giving her a two year reprieve in which to admit her responsibility. If she had done so, she would have served life imprisonment instead of being executed.

Reports say there have been several appeals from the South African government lodged with Beijing to have her death sentence commuted to life in prison but all failed.

The French news agency quotes Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Liu Weimin as saying that Chinese law had been followed in the case.

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