Hmmmmm, after reading the story, I'm wondering if they were given such a sentence because of the methods they used (would destroy too many valuable "relics" and therefore cut down on the amount of bribe money available for the local Communist authorities) rather than the fact that they were caught looting...
China sentences to death 4 robbers of old tombs
(AP) – 12 hours ago
BEIJING — China has sentenced to death four robbers who used explosives and heavy machinery to plunder tombs almost 2,500 years old.
The state-run Xinhua News Agency says the four sentenced Friday were part of a 27-member gang who robbed a dozen tombs near the capital of the central province of Hunan in 2008 and 2009.
The report says some of the more than 200 stolen artifacts were under China's highest level of protection. One of the tombs dates from the Warring States period that began in 475 B.C.
An investigator told Xinhua all the relics were recovered.
The Intermediate People's Court in Changsha handed down the death sentences. The other robbers got prison terms.
China executes more people than any other country in the world. [No room to warehouse criminals like we do in the USA].
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