13 Chinese criminals are sentenced to death in front of 10,000 people – then eight are immediately executed (photos)

Thirteen Chinese drug dealers were sentenced to death at a public hearing attended by 10,000 people – before eight were taken away to be executed immediately.

The men and women were convicted of supplying and selling drugs in the city of Lufeng in south eastern China’s Guangdong province.

Harrowing footage shows suspects being loaded into trucks as onlookers broke down in tears.

The ‘public sentencing congress’ was held in the People’s Sports Plaza before a crowd of 10,000 people.

A total of 18 offenders were sentenced – five were allowed to live but 13 were sentenced to death.

Eight of them were taken away to be executed immediately on June 24, according to local media reports.

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Family members broke down in tears as their loved ones were led away to meet their fate, according to The Beijing News .

The executions did not take place in public but the defendants were seen being loaded into trucks.

China executes thousands of people every year – mainly for charges of murder and drug dealing.

The most common methods used are the lethal injection or death by firing squad, but it is not know which was used in this case.

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