NANNING, Nov. 30 (Xinhuanet) -- A death sentence was
handed down to the two leaders of a 52-member infant trading gang on Sunday bya
court in Yulin City, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
Xie Deming and Cui Wenxian were sentenced to death in
a first instance trial carried out by the Intermediate People's Court of Yulin
In accordance with the ruling, four other principal
criminals --Xin Lifang, Chen Shancai, Li Qimei, and Hu Dongmei -- were also
sentenced to death but with a two-year reprieve, and another five principal
criminals Cai Liping, Zhao Hongliang, Li Qi, Ge Fashen and Zhang Guiyun were
given life imprisonment.
The court was told that the baby trading gang had
traded 118 babies among regions including Guangxi, Henan, Anhui and Hubei
provinces since 2001 and one infant died after being fed sleeping pills while
Xie Deming, 57, a farmer from Fumian District of
Yulin City, alone sold 46 babies to areas in east China's Anhui province and
central China's Henan province. Police forces of Guangxi closed down in March
two separate major infant trading cases in which 41 babies were rescued.
Because of the number of people involved in the
crime, some of whom were medical workers, two other separate public trials
against minor criminals were also held in October and November.
Apart from one person who was exempted from criminal
penalties, 40 other traders were convicted and given jail terms ranging from 18
months to 15 years. Enditem