Yang Jia Executed in China

2 December 2008

Further Information on UA 246/08 (5 September 2008) and follow up (24 October 2008) – Death Penalty/Imminent execution

CHINA – Yang Jia (m) aged 28

Yang Jia was executed on 26 November after the Supreme People’s Court approved his sentence on 21 November. According to news reports, his family had been told on the evening of 25 November they could meet with him before his execution, but he was executed the next day before they had the chance to see him.

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Update on Urgent Action – Yang Jia (China)

24 October 2008

Further Information on UA 246/08 (5 September 2008) – Death penalty (PDF)

PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA – Yang Jia (m), aged 28

Yang Jia’s appeal against his death sentence was rejected by the Shanghai Higher People’s Court on 20 October. The Supreme People’s Court reviews all death sentences, and if it ratifies his sentence he could be executed within as little as a week.

He was convicted on 1 September, after a closed trial, of the 1 July murder of six policemen in Shanghai’s Zhabei district police station.

According to a report by news agency AFP, Yang Jia’s lawyer expressed disappointment that the court had rejected his request for further psychiatric tests to assess Yang’s mental condition. According to a Xinhua news agency report, “a forensic psychiatric assessment conducted by a qualified institute commissioned by the police showed that Yang was fully competent.”

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Urgent Action – Yang Jia (China)

September 5, 2008

UA 246/08 – Death Penalty (PDF)

CHINA – Yang Jia (m), aged 28

Unemployed Beijing resident Yang Jia was sentenced to death on 1 September by Shanghai No.2 Intermediate People’s Court, after a closed trial. According to a Xinhua news agency report, he had confessed to premeditated murder. He could be executed within weeks.

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