China executed a Japanese national for the first time in decades, waving aside concern from Tokyo that the move could fuel antagonism between the ever-fractious east Asian powers.
The death of convicted drug-smuggler Mitsunobu Akano, 65, and China's plans to execute three other Japanese highlight Beijing's growing willingness to defy international opinion in its handling of criminal cases involving foreign nationals.
They also come at a time of heightened public debate over the use of the death penalty in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
Speaking ahead of the execution, Keiko Chiba, justice minister in Japan, said execution for a drugs offence was a harsher sentence than would be possible in Japan and questioned Chinese judicial protections. “I am concerned that this might cause a backlash in Japanese public opinion,” she said.
Yukio Hatoyama, Japanese prime minister, called the execution “regrettable” but said he would try to prevent it causing a rift in relations with Beijing.
The Chinese foreign ministry said Akano's case had been handled according to law and that drug smuggling was “widely recognised as a serious crime that harms society”.
分析人士表示，在过去一年左右的时间里，中国政府更加无视外国对其人权纪录和司法体系的批评。去年12月，中国处决了英国公民阿克毛•沙伊克(Akmal Shaikh)，尽管据称沙伊克患有精神疾病，而且英国首相戈登•布朗(Gordon Brown)请求中方宽大处理。中国政府警告称，英国对其司法体系公正性的质疑可能损害两国关系。
Analysts say Beijing has become more dismissive of foreign criticism over its human rights record and its justice system over the past year or so. China executed Akmal Shaikh, a British citizen, in December in spite of claims he was mentally ill and a plea for clemency from Gordon Brown, Britain's prime minister. Beijing warned that British questioning of the fairness of its judicial system risked harming ties.
人权组织中美对话基金会(Dui Hua Foundation)研究室主任罗助华(Joshua Rosenzweig)表示：“一个新情况似乎是，当外国政府对中国依据本国法律判决他国公民表示关切时，中国作出了非常负面的回应。”
“What seems to be new is that when foreign governments have expressed concern about the application of Chinese law to their citizens, China has responded in a sharply negative fashion,” said Joshua Rosenzweig, manager of research at the Duihua Foundation, a human rights group.
2010-04-09 14:24 编辑：kuaileyingyu
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