raised debate about local loan laws
China's top court says it is to review a death sentence "with caution" after a
Former businesswomen Wu Ying has been sentenced to death over a multi-million
yuan fraud case.
But the case has sparked heated discussions ranging from whether it is the
right charge to whether the sentence is too harsh.
In a rare gesture, the Supreme Court said it would scrutinise facts and
evidence seriously in the case.
Wu Ying, 31, from the eastern province of Zhejiang, was arrested in 2007 and
accused of fraud worth 770m yuan ($122m; £79m) through illegal investments.
She was subsequently sentenced to death and the High Court in Zhejiang upheld
her sentence last month.
Under Chinese law all death sentences must be reviewed by the Supreme Court
before permission to execute the defendant is granted.
However, it is rare for the court to speak out before such a review has been
"This is a case of financial fraud from the liquidity aspect, which involves an
especially huge amount of money, and the case is relatively complicated," said
Supreme Court spokesperson Sun Jungong.
"The Supreme Court will, based on legal procedures, scrutinise the facts and
evidence relating to the case during the review process and prudently handle
the case according to law."
Some members of the public welcomed the top court's comment.
"Wu Ying is guilty, but she does not deserve the death penalty," said a
microblog user from Shaanxi. "She is just an innocent entrepreneur who has
Another user from Shandong said the best option was to have the case decided by
China's parliament, while another from Fujian believed what Wu Ying was doing
was no more than personal lending, which developed under loopholes of current
financial rules and regulations.
The Supreme Court spokesperson did not say when the results of the review would
be made public.
(source: BBC News)