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January 12 2011 | CHINA

China

Zambian woman released after being sentenced to death

 
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Lusaka Times

Zambia: China frees Zambian woman sentenced to death by firing squad

A Zambian woman, Mary Musyalike who was sentenced to death by firing squad in China for trafficking in drugs has been released and returned to Zambia.
And the Zambia Direct Democracy Movement (ZDDM) has said that her release was a a great relief and a joyous moment to the country. ZDDM National Co-ordinator Edwin Sakala said his party is pleased that Ms. Musyalike is back from China.
Mr. Sakala says though his party doesn’t support Zambians particularly women engaging themselves in illicit dealings like drug trafficking, the party believes that the gesture demonstrated by the Chinese Government to return Ms. Musyalike to Zambia will ultimately increase and strengthen the relations between Zambia and China.
In a statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka today, Mr. Sakala said the Chinese authorities acted in a brotherly manner in ensuring that Zambia’s appeal to the Chinese Government not to kill the Zambian woman by firing squad came to reality.
“We wish to thank the Zambian Government for the diplomatic efforts applied in ensuring that our sister Mary Musyalike came alive to her home Motherland, Zambia and she was not brought before the firing squad in a foreign land. I believe this is because of the bilateral relations that exists between the two countries,” Mr. Sakala said.
He appealed to all Zambians who intend to travel abroad against indulging themselves in dubious activities.
He cautioned the Zambian people that they should learn to live and survive within their means and he observed that most Zambians who have been arrested for similar offences in the past are desperately to be rich.
“Zambians particularly women need to be hard working people instead of engaging in dubious activities in their desperation for luxury.
“Many will recall that sometime last year, ZDDM had appealed to the Chinese Government through the Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Mr. Li Qiangmin not to enforce the death sentence on Ms. Musyalike as much as we respect the laws of our brothers in China, “ he said.
The ZDDM Chief thanked the Chinese Envoy to Zambia Mr. Li Qiangmin and President Rupiah Banda for having facilitated for release and return of Mary home.
“We therefore wish to thank the Chinese Ambassador to Zambia and President Rupiah Banda for having facilitated for release and return of Mary to Zambia,” he stated.

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