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China to execute Shan drug lord on Friday

The notorious Shan drug trafficker Naw Kham will be executed by lethal injection in southern China on Friday, according to reports in the Chinese press.

A Kunming court in China’s Yunnan province sentenced the well-known drug lord and militia leader from the Golden Triangle to death in early November after he pled guilty to the murder of 13 Chinese sailors on a boat on the Mekong River in 2011.

Three of Naw Kham’s accomplices, who were identified as Hsang Kham from Thailand, Zha Xika from Laos and the stateless Yi Lai, will also be executed for their role in the murder of the Chinese sailors, according to a report in China Economic Net.

The Burmese national appealed the death sentence in November. However, his appeal was denied and the Kunming Intermediate People’s Court was informed of the execution order on 22 February, said the report on the website.

Naw Kham was born in 1969 in northern Shan state’s Tangyang township. He dropped out of school after fourth grade and left his village at the age of 14 to become a rebel fighter in the heroin kingpin Khun Sa’s Mong Tai Army.

Naw Kham was arrested in Laos last April after the Thai, Burmese, Laotian and Chinese governments put bounties on his head. He was extradited to China on 10 May.


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