SHANGHAI, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- A Shanghai court has
upheld the death penalty for Yang Jia, a jobless Beijing man who stormed into a
Shanghai police bureau earlier this year and killed six officers.
After the final hearing of Yang's case, the Shanghai
Higher People's Court turned down his appeal against the death sentence handed
down earlier by a local court, according to the final verdict the court
Yang Jia(C), 28, stands in the Shanghai Higher People's Court in Shanghai, east China, on Oct. 20, 2008. The court upheld the death penalty for Yang Jia, a jobless Beijing man who stormed into a Shanghai police bureau earlier this year and killed six officers.(Xinhua Photo)
The death penalty given by the Shanghai No. 2
Intermediate People's Court at first trial on Sept. 1 was "based on ample facts
and evidence" and was meted out in line with Chinese legal procedures, the
higher court said.
The death sentence verdict must be ratified by the
Supreme People's Court in Beijing before Yang, 28, can be executed.
Yang stabbed a security guard at the police branch in
Shanghai's Zhabei District and started a fire at its gate on July 1. He then
forced his way into the building and attacked nine police officers with a knife,
killing six of them. Four others were injured, including the guard.
He was apprehended at the scene and confessed to the
Yang reportedly had a grievance against Shanghai
police for a lengthy interrogation last October, when he was questioned for
riding an unlicensed bicycle.
He later sued the officers for 10,000 yuan (1,464
U.S. dollars)for damages for psychological injury, but the claim was rejected.
The court ruled Yang had a perfect capacity for
criminal responsibility according to a forensic psychiatric assessment conducted
by a qualified and specialized institute commissioned by the police. It gave no
specific name for the institution.
A second trial was held last Monday to hear Yang's
appeal, during which his lawyers Zhai Jian and Ji Jianqing tried to defend him
by convincing the court he was mentally incapable. But the lawyers' request for
a second psychiatric assessment was turned down by the court.
Both lawyers are based in Shanghai and were appointed
by the Shanghai lawyers association to defend Yang.
Yang Jia's father had hoped to appoint lawyers from
Beijing, and even reached an agreement in July with Beijing Xiongzhi Law Firm,
which offered to defend Yang for free. Yang allegedly turned down the offer,
saying he would only accept lawyers arranged by his mother.
His mother, however, was reported missing shortly
after the July 1 assault and was never found. Yang himself raised no objections
to the lawyers appointed for him by the Shanghai lawyers association.