Former Chinese tycoon gets execution swapped for 25 years in prison

Beijing - China has commuted the death sentence of former tycoon Wu Ying to 25 years imprisonment, state media said Saturday.

The 36-year-old was convicted in 2007 of scamming investors out of 61.1 million dollars and sentenced to death in 2009, news agency Xinhua said.  
After a retrial in 2012, she was re-sentenced to “death with a two-year reprieve,” indicating that her sentence would likely be commuted. 
She reached the end of the two-year reprieve this month, Xinhua said. 
China executes the most people in the world. It has, however, reduced the use of the death penalty in the past five years for economic crimes, according to Amnesty International's China researcher William Nee.
“To the best of our knowledge, it seems like China is decreasing its use of the death penalty in this area,” Nee said Saturday.
In 2016, the country put over a thousand people to death according to Amnesty International estimates, more than "all other countries in the world put together."
The exact figure is unknown, however, as “China continues to conceal the number of death sentences and executions it carries out each year,” Nee said.

Saturday, March 24th 2018

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