A veteran judicial police officer who doubles up as an executioner offered the Chinese public a rare glimpse into his job in an interview with the Beijing Evening News yesterday. Via Reuters:
“In fact, it’s not as complicated as outsiders think. We all use rifles, stand about four meters from the condemned prisoner with a barrel one meter-long, take aim, press the trigger, and that’s that,” Hu told the newspaper.
Most prisoners taken for execution are so terrified they collapse on the ground and cannot stand, Hu said. The exception was an ex-soldier convicted of homicide, he said.
“At the time of execution, the criminals kneel on the ground, but this former soldier actually stood up and ran forward. The result was a moving target that was taken down,” said Hu, himself a former soldier who has worked as a police officer for 19 years.
“These people all deserved what they got for their crimes.”