Xiao Yang served as president of China’s Supreme People’s Court from 1998-2008. Photo: CNS

Of life and death: Xiao Yang, former head of China’s Supreme People’s Court, dies at 80

  • Reformer said to have saved hundreds of lives by reintroducing reviews of cases involving capital punishment and bringing an end to secret trials
  • First formally trained judge to hold the top job, Xiao strove to improve the professional education of the nation’s adjudicators
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Xiao Yang served as president of China’s Supreme People’s Court from 1998-2008. Photo: CNS
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