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Eight Africans face death penalty in China.


From Reuters Africa

BEIJING, Nov 26 (Reuters) – A court in southern China has sentenced eight African drug smugglers to death, with a two-year reprieve, state media said on Wednesday.

Another was given a life sentence at a mass court hearing in the southern city of Guangzhou, the official Xinhua news agency said.

The convicted smugglers are from Uganda, Benin and Zimbabwe, it said. A two-year reprieve means their sentence can be commuted into a life sentence after two years of good behaviour.

Six of the smugglers had drugs found hidden inside their bodies, the report added. The government has admitted it is facing an uphill struggle dealing with a flood of drugs coming across its borders, mainly from Southeast and central Asia. (Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Nick Macfie)