|Large scale lockdowns were imposed across China as it sought to get a handle on the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by=AFP/NOEL CELIS)|
[아시아뉴스통신=레악카나 기자] A Chinese man who stabbed to death two people at a coronavirus travel checkpoint was executed Thursday (Jul 9), the Supreme People's Court said. Ma Jianguo was driving with friends to a village in rural Yunnan for a karaoke party when he came to a barricade blocking his path.One member of the group tried to remove the barrier, sparking a dispute with people manning it.
Ma, aged 24, then stabbed two checkpoint volunteers several times in the abdomen, killing them, the court said in a posting on its official social media account."During a grade-one major public health emergency response in Yunnan province, Ma Jianguo refused to abide by epidemic prevention and control policies, as well as traffic control measures," a ruling on the court's website said.
Ma's execution is believed to be the first carried out for an epidemic-related offence. In Beijing alone, 113 people have been charged with epidemic-related crimes since a fresh outbreak emerged in early June, officials said this week.Chinese authorities have used the vague "rumour-mongering" charge to silence whistle-blowers, including Wuhan doctor Li Wenliang, who alerted colleagues to the virus in late December but was reprimanded by local authorities along with seven others. Li later died of the disease.