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POACHING IN OTHER COUNTRIES' WATERS IS A CRIME AGAINST A COUNTRY, BUT THE PUNISHMENT OF 12 YEARS IS  ...

ROK sentences Chinese captain to 30 years in jail

Beijing, April 19 (People's Daily Online)-- A South Korean local court Thursday sentenced the captain of a Chinese fishing vessel to 30 years in prison for killing a South Korean coast guard officer last year.

The court of Incheon city, sentenced Cheng Dawei, captain of Chinese fishing boat “Luwenyu” to 30 years in jail. It also handed down a fine of 20 million won (17,738 U.S. dollars) to Cheng.

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Despair as China executes three Filipinos
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tholic Philippines and despair for relatives who witnessed their final moments.

"I just want to inform you that our three compatriots have been executed," Vice President Jejomar Binay announced over local radio, although there being no public announcement from the Chinese government.

"It is a sad day for all of us. Until the last moment, we did everything we could to save the three."

The three -- Ramon Credo, 42, Sally Villanueva, 32, and Elizabeth Batain, 38 -- were arrested separately in China in 2008 for smuggling heroin and sentenced to death.

The Philippine government had made repeated appeals in recent months to spare the lives of the trio, including by sending Binay to Beijing on a mission to have their sentences commuted to life in jail.

But the Chinese government insisted there would be no favours for the trio, and that their cases would be dealt with according to domestic laws.

The three were allowed to meet their relatives for an hour before they were put to death through lethal injection, in what turned out to be devastatingly emotional encounters.

"She was crying, she was partly incoherent. She had a lot of things to say," said Jason Ordinario, a brother of Villanueva who along with another sister and their parents met her as the final verdict was read in a court in Xiamen city.

"She asked us to take care of her children and make sure they can finish studies," he told DZBB radio from China.

Villanueva's relatives said she did not know that she was due to be executed on Wednesday, and was surprised to see her family there.

"I was the first one to see her, we locked eyes and we both cried. She said what are you doing here, why are you all crying, am I going to die," younger sister Mylene said on DZBB.

"She tried to console us. She said, it's okay. I have accepted my fate. I will be your angel and watch over you."

Villaneuva's children, aged 12 and nine, were not able to see or talk with their mother before she was killed. They did not travel to China and local authorities would not allow mobile phones into the meeting room.

Amnesty International as well as the influential Roman Catholic church swiftly condemned the executions, and accused the Philippine President Benigno Aquino's government of not doing enough to save the three.

"We strongly condemn the executions of the three Filipinos," Amnesty's Philippine representative, Aurora Parong, told AFP.

"The Philippines should have taken a stronger action, and it is now its moral duty to lead a campaign against death penalty in Asia."

Roman Catholic bishops asked the public to pray for the eternal repose of the three.

"We had knocked on the doors of heaven to pray for what turned out to be an impossible wish," Edwin Corros, executive secretary of church's commission for the pastoral care of migrants, told AFP.

"We call on China to abolish death penalty. We believe no one has the right to take a human life."

The Philippine government insisted it did all it could to save the lives of the three.

It argued the trio, who are among 227 Filipinos jailed in China for drug offences, were from poor families and had been duped by international crime syndicates into becoming drug couriers.

Aside from his visit to Beijing, Binay sent a letter this week to Chinese President Hu Jintao in a last-ditch appeal.

In December, the Philippines also skipped the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo for jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo in a move Aquino said was aimed at saving condemned Filipinos in China.

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Chinese Christian Pastor's 12-Year Prison Term 'A Miscarriage of Justice'

Authorities in the central Chinese province of Henan have handed a 12-year jail-term to a prominent Christian pastor for "fraud" and "gathering a crowd to disrupt public order," sparking concerns that the government is broadening its campaign against large religious groups.

The sentence handed down to Nanle county pastor Zhang Shaojie suggests the ruling Chinese Communist Party is becoming less and less tolerant of organized religion, even in its state-approved form, rights activists said.

The court ordered Zhang, a former president of the government-sanctioned Protestant association and adviser to the county People's Political Consultative Conference, to pay a fine of 100,000 yuan (U.S.$ 16,000).

Zhang's daughter Zhang Yunyun said the sentence was handed down last Friday, and that the family plans to appeal.

"A lot of the congregation had planned to go to the courtroom, but a lot of [them] were confined to their homes by plainclothes police," she said.

"The majority of our church workers and leaders were forced to stay home, and one preacher was taken away by them."

Innocent

Zhang Yunyun said her father is innocent of the charges, adding that her aunt Zhang Cuijuan and preacher Chao Junling are also in detention on charges of "gathering a crowd to disrupt public order."

Zhang's lawyer Zhang Xinyun said there was "no basis" for the charges against his client.

"They have sentenced an innocent person," Zhang Xinyun said. "Not only is this a step backwards for justice in China, but it will also have a chilling effect on Protestant worshipers and the general public."

"This isn't a question of whether the sentence was too heavy; it's a miscarriage of justice," he said. "This judgement is clearly wrong."

He said he argued at the trial that police had detained Zhang Shaojie first, before seeking evidence to use in bringing charges.

"A lot of the evidence was also very contradictory," he said.

The Chinese authorities had been cracking down on Zhang's government-approved Nanle church for about a month before his detention last November following a land dispute that pitted the popular preacher against the county government.

The crackdown on a state-approved church surprised many observers as the Communist government officially allows Christians to only worship in such churches, while unregistered congregations tend to be harassed.

Church supporters say the county government reneged on an agreement to allocate Zhang's church a piece of land for the construction of a new building.

Criminal detention

Zhang was held under criminal detention on Nov. 17, while officials later later seized control of the state-sanctioned church, sealing it off from the congregation.

Hundreds of Protestant worshipers from Shenzhen, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Hebei, Shandong, and Beijing converged on Nanle county over Christmas to show support for the church, which is a member of the ruling Chinese Communist Party's Three-Self Patriotic Association of Protestant churches.

Some 20 members of the congregation were detained, but have mostly been released, with the exception of two preachers, whose whereabouts are unknown, Zhang Yunyun told RFA.

Meanwhile, prosecution witness and alleged fraud victim Li Cairen has been missing since December 2013 after she was abducted from Zhang's home, and was thus unable to testify for the defense, the overseas-based Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) group said.

Zhang's detention, which came amid beatings and harassment of his relatives and supporters, was likely a form of official retaliation for the pastor's active role in the land dispute, CHRD said in an e-mailed statement on Monday.

"The detentions were presumably in retaliation for Zhang's efforts to help others seek redress for rights abuses," CHRD said.

"Police did not appear to have a probable cause for Zhang's initial detention, as evidenced by the differences in the nature of the original and newer charges, and the fact that the government failed to produce records of any earlier investigations," it said.

"The harsh sentence reflects that Chinese authorities are expanding harassment and persecution usually aimed at underground house churches by going after officially sanctioned religious institutions," the group said.

Zhang's sentencing comes amid a campaign in eastern China to remove prominent symbols of Christian worship from public places, it added.

Notification about crosses

Authorities in Zhejiang have stepped up a clampdown on Christian places of worship in the region, with dozens of groups receiving notification that crosses must be taken down from buildings.

Local officials are targeting any crosses that are visible from state highways and railway lines, according to local sources.

Within days of the demolition of the the Yahui church's cross in Pingyang county near Zhejiang's Wenzhou city last Friday, some 40 churches in Pingyang and neighboring Cangnan counties have been informed that their crosses will be next.

Officially an atheist country, China has an army of officials whose job is to watch over faith-based activities, which have spread rapidly in recent decades amid sweeping economic and social change.

Party officials are put in charge of Catholics, Buddhists, Taoists, Muslims, and Protestants. Judaism isn't recognized, and worship in non-recognized temples, churches, or mosques is against the law.

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NgTran Post time: 2014-8-17 15:04
ROK sentences Chinese captain to 30 years in jail

Beijing, April 19 (People's Daily Online)-- A S ...

We have all read about that some time ago, and the real cause of the 30 year sentence is that the captain had killed another person, which is different from the case of the Palawan poaching incident, where no lives were lost or bodies hurt.  In the South Korean case, capital punishment was quite possible, and if the circumstances were very clear about the intent of the Chinese captain, would have been reasonable.  But, the South Koreans are a highly civilized people, and to them, the intent was not clear enough to warrant the capital punishment, and therefore, 30 years was in fact a lenient sentence.  In the Palawan case, giving a Chinese captain 12 years of imprisonment for a load of turtles and fish is clearly excessive, and constitutes "cruel and unusual punishment".  Forget about even the possibility of capital punishment, wihch would be totally absurd, and unworthy of even a rebuttal.

The Palawan case illustrates the lack of respect for the humanity of Chinese fishermen in their local courts, which is not surprising, since the local government there can hardly be expected to be as civilized as the South Korean government.  You are talking of a difference of two thousand years of culture and civilization, notwithstanding the self-professed "Christian" morality of the Philippines.  This cruel and unusual punishment is a testament to the barbaric double standards of the Palawan government, as it certainly would not punish a local fisherman in such manner, for even ten boatloads of illegal fish and turtles, but to a Chinaman, some sons of the friars feel compelled to teach them a Christian moral lesson, i.e., under the eyes of a Castillian God, Filipinos are favored over Chinese.  Amen.

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NgTran Post time: 2014-8-17 15:26
Chinese Christian Pastor's 12-Year Prison Term 'A Miscarriage of Justice'

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You appeal to facts but have none to offer except that the defendant is a Christian Protestant pastor who helped locals organize a social movement to fight the would-be owners of their land.  Such a goal might be noble, and even justified if the buyers have obtained titles to the land by graft and corruption.  And such a means might even be reasonable, if the purpose was valid.  But, apart from insinuating that the government was wrong, you have not proven the pastor right, save by repeating again and again, that he was a pastor.  Well, even in the Philippines and in Spain, you have priests who rape boys and girls.  If the government cracks down on them, is that prima facie evidence of religious intolerance?

Did the pastor you mentioned actually disrupt public order?  Did he organize people to use their bodies or their tools to oppose the enforcement of public law?  If he did, he is not guilty of believing in God, nor of following his conscience, but of breaking public law, and if such a law carries the stated penalities, there is no injustice, but justice, since those who are not believers do not deserve the suffer the incoveniences imposed on them by the Christians, simply because they have a cause for their discontent.

So, where are your facts, Mr. Christian.  Forget that he is a pastor, because he is not being asked to change or renounce his religion.  He was charged with disrupting public order.  Did he, or did he not do it?

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This post was edited by NgTran at 2014-8-17 16:24

Do you know that thousands of Filipino fishermen in the province of Zambales (and in other places as well) had been deprived of their livelyhood, by Chinese coast guard ships chasing them with water cannons, threatening them to sink their boats or to arrest them -

WITHIN THE LIMITS OF THE PHILIPPINE EEC !!!

Instead of Filipino fishermen there are now Chinese fishermen (even killing endangered species like sea turtles).

The Philippines have no physical means to counter this - but they have other means.

So swallow it down.
I guess, if those Chinese pouchers get a some years more than usual, they have to attribute this to the aggressive behaviour of their own government.

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NgTran Post time: 2014-8-17 16:12
Do you know that thousands of Filipino fishermen in the province of Zambales (and in other places as ...

Now, as to preserving the livelihood of the Zambales fishermen who had been unknowingly intruding on Chinese islands and their EEZ's, thinking that if their colonial masters had used Chinese shoals for bombing exercises, that such shoals must not belong to anybody, I am completely sympathetic to the Philippines on this issue.

China merely wants to preserve its sovereignty, but it also wants to be humane to its neighbors, even if they have been unknowingly poaching marine resources in China's EEZ, some accommodation needs to be made, out of humanitarian considerations.

In this, I would appeal to the Central People's Government to arrange a deal with the Philippine government, whereby the Zambales fishermen, properly registered and monitored, can safely ply the waters near Huangyan and the Spratly Islands, on condition that the Philippines acknowledge China's sovereignty over these islands, and its EEZ surrounding them.

To China, sharing of marine and mineral resources is not a big problem.  It is a problem though, in that the livelihood of the Chinese fishermen may not be sacrificed instead, for the sake of charity to the Philippine fishermen.  Limiting the numbers and the time periods of Philippine fishing vessels in such EEZ's of China is one solution.  Support from the Philippines for China's claims in Diaoyudao and the Paracel Islands are other ways that China and the Philippines can split the pie by making it bigger.  But these are not preconditions to talks.  If the Philippines promises to import more from China, as a whole, that can generate jobs in China to compensate for the drop in income of its fishermen too.  

The key to such agreements is simply this - that the Philippines should jettison its FICTION that Huangyan and the Spratly Islands somehow historically belong to the Philippines, and accept China's sovereignty over them - everything else can and SHOULD BE negotiated after that.

Under the policy of China's sovereignty, everything can be discussed - Abramicus.

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