Myanmar drug lord executed in China for 13 murders


Beijing : Myanmarese drug lord Naw Kham, convicted of murdering 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong river in 2011, and three of his accomplices were executed Friday, a court in China announced.

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Naw Kham and his accomplices — Hsang Kham, Yi Lai,and Zha Xika — were executed by lethal injection in Kunming city in southwest Yunnan province, Xinhua reported.

The gang was found to have planned and colluded with Thai soldiers in an attack on two Chinese cargo ships, the Hua Ping and Yu Xing 8, in October 2011 on the Mekong. Thirteen Chinese sailors died in the attack.

Prosecutors with the Kunming People’s Procuratorate were Friday present to supervise the executions, verify the convicts’ identities and ensure the executions were conducted in accordance with the law.

On Thursday, the convicts were given an opportunity to meet their relatives at the detention centre.

After the execution, the bodies would be cremated and the remains handed over to relatives.

Naw Kham’s gang also kidnapped Chinese sailors and hijacked cargo ships in exchange for ransom in April 2011.

The four convicts were handed the death penalty in November 2012.

The convicts were informed of the judgment in February.

The gang was busted in early 2012 in a joint operation conducted by police from China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, after the brutal murders of the Chinese sailors triggered calls to rein in rampant crime in the border region.

Two members of Naw Kham’s gang — Zha Bo and Zha Tuobo — received the death sentence with reprieve and eight years in prison respectively.

Nicknamed “the Godfather”, Naw Kham was the boss of the largest armed drug trafficking gang on the Mekong, which flows through China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.