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26 Executed in China’s Southern Yunnan Province

February 15, 1995

BEIJING (AP) _ Twenty-six people were executed for drug crimes this week in Kunming, the capital of southern Yunnan province.

The Kunming Intermediate People’s Court sentenced them to death on Monday for selling or transporting drugs, the Legal Daily reported today.

Yunnan is a center for drug activities in China because it is close to Thailand, Laos and Burma, which together produce most of the world’s heroin and opium.

The number of executions in China is a state secret. But Human Rights Watch last year said ``tens of thousands″ of people have been put to death since China began an anti-crime campaign in 1983.

Executions in China are usually carried out with a bullet to the head.

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