China vows severe punishment for station attackers

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Associated Press

Posted on March 10, 2014 at 7:01 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 10 at 7:03 AM

BEIJING (AP) — The top judge overseeing China's Communist Party-controlled courts has pledged to severely punish culprits in terrorist attacks such the knife slashing at a train station that killed 29 people 10 days ago.

In listing this year's priorities, Zhou Qiang, president of the Supreme People's Court, says that first among them is meting out heavy penalties for terrorism and crimes that endanger public order.

Zhou says the court would work to "maintain national security and social stability and increase the people's sense of security." It would let people feel "fairness and justice with every judicial case."

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