China sentences French man to death on drugs charges
A court in China has sentenced a French national and his Chinese accomplice to death for producing and trafficking drugs, French officials reported on Monday. Chan Thao Phoumy was given the death penalty on Saturday by a court in the southern city of Guangzhou, officials at the local French consulate told AFP news agency.
Chan Thao Phoumy was born in Laos but now has French citizenship.
He had been sentenced to life imprisonment in 2007 in connection with a crystal meth ring operating in Guangdong and Henan provinces.
He faced a new trial after additional crimes were uncovered while he serving his sentence, according to Chinese media reports.
His Chinese accomplice, Xie Weiming, was also sentenced to death.
Two others were given death sentences with a two-year reprieve, which are often commuted to life sentences in China.