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Death sentences reversed in China rape case: Report

Published on Jun 13, 2014 2:54 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese court overturned death sentences imposed on two men who allegedly forced into prostitution the daughter of a social campaigner, media reported on Friday, the latest development in the high-profile case.

The girl's case drew widespread attention in China after her mother, Tang Hui, was put into the now-defunct "re-education through labour" system for campaigning for justice for her daughter.

The Supreme People's Court on Thursday ruled that the men's actions in forcing the girl into prostitution did not constitute "the most serious" crime under Chinese law, the state-run China Daily said.

Qin Xing and Zhou Junhui are being held on charges of kidnapping, raping and forcing the girl to engage in prostitution more than 100 times from October until December 2006 in Yongzhou, in central China's Hunan province.

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