Takuma Sakuragi, a 76-year-old Japanese former assemblyman, has been sentenced to life in prison in China for drug smuggling. Photo: Weibo

Japanese former politician, 76, gets life for smuggling 3.3kg of methamphetamine into China

  • Lawyer for Takuma Sakuragi describes court’s ruling as ‘unjust and unfair’ as septuagenarian hears his fate six years after being arrested
  • Former lawmaker’s two West African accomplices given suspended death sentence, life imprisonment
Topic |   China-Japan relations

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Takuma Sakuragi, a 76-year-old Japanese former assemblyman, has been sentenced to life in prison in China for drug smuggling. Photo: Weibo
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The Xingtai Intermediate People’s Court in Xingtai, Hebei province, has sentenced one fentanyl trafficker to death. Photo: AP

Death sentence for fentanyl trafficker in China after tip-off from the United States

  • A Chinese court hands down tough sentences for central players in synthetic opioid ring
  • Gang advertised drugs on English-language websites and mailed the deliveries to the US
Topic |   China Society

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The Xingtai Intermediate People’s Court in Xingtai, Hebei province, has sentenced one fentanyl trafficker to death. Photo: AP
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