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Execution of 26 corrupt Chinese politicians? No, 15-year-old photo of convicts being sentenced

A photo shared on a Kenyan Facebook group page in May 2019 show police officers holding men in blue uniforms by their necks. 

“Execution of 26 politicians in China due to corruption, what about Kenya?” the caption reads.

According to Amnesty International’s 2018 Global Report on Death Sentences and Executions, China remains the world’s leading executioner. 

While there have been reports of Chinese officials being executed for corruption in the past, the photo posted on Facebook doesn’t show this.



‘Hardcore convicts’ being sentenced


A reverse image search reveals that the photo was taken by AFP 15 years ago, in 2004. It shows men convicted of “various crimes” at a “sentencing rally” in China.

“Chinese police show of a group of hardcore convicts at a sentencing rally in the east Chinese city of Wenzhou, 07 April 2004, where 11 prisoners were later executed for various crimes,” reads the caption.

The photo also appears on Getty Images with the same caption.

The post has been debunked by Snopes, AFP Fact Check and Social Media Hoax Slayer. - Dancan Bwire




 

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