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Why Lawyers Are The Only Opposition To The Death Penalty In China

A murder case in which a Chinese student poisoned and killed his roommate has brought out the worst in the Chinese public, which is practically marching with pitchforks for his execution. Attorneys, meanwhile, are urging that he be spared.

Trial at the Higher People's Court of Yunnan Province, China
Trial at the Higher People's Court of Yunnan Province, China
Lan Rongjie

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BEIJING — Two years ago, Shanghai medical student Lin Senhao fatally poisoned his roommate. He was sentenced to death last year for intentional homicide, and his case is currently being reviewed. Though it's difficult to predict the final outcome, the public appears bloodthirsty, eager for him to pay the ultimate price for his crime.

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Welcome to Tuesday, which marks three months since the war in Ukraine started. Meanwhile, BoJo is in trouble again, and millionaires at Davos ask to be taxed more. Persian-language, London-based media Kayhan explores what the future of Lebanon could look like after the election defeat of Iran-backed Hezbollah.

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