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American Citizen Sentenced to Death in China


The Ningbo Intermediate People’s Court sentenced an American citizen to death Thursday over the 2021 stabbing death of a woman described as his former girlfriend.

Shadeed Abdulmateen had taught English at Ningbo University of Technology, according to the South China Morning Post.

Abdulmateen, of Los Angeles, had told the woman, whose name was only given as Chen, that he was divorced when he was not, state broadcaster CCTV said.


The two met in 2019 and soon became involved in a relationship.

China’s state-run Global Times said that events spiraled after Chen wanted to end the affair.

“Starting in May 2021, Chen said several times that she wanted a break-up, but she was always refused and verbally threatened by the man,” the Global Times reported.

According to the court, Abdulmateen met Chen, 21, at a bus stop in Ningbo, Zhejiang province in June 2021

He then killed her with a “folding knife,” the court ruled.

Abdulmateen’s “premeditated revenge killing, stabbing and cutting Chen’s face and neck several times, resulting in Chen’s death, was motivated by vile motives, resolute intent and cruel means, and the circumstances of the crime were particularly bad and the consequences particularly serious, and should be punished according to law,” CCTV reported, according to CNN.

A spokesman for the United States Embassy in Beijing said it was aware of a court ruling, but said that due to privacy issues, all it would say was that it was “monitoring the situation.”

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According to the South China Morning Post, some had been upset after the killing that the suspect might be given leniency because he was not a Chinese citizen.

Hu Xijin, a former editor-in-chief of state-run Global Times, said a foreign identity cannot be used by criminals as a “protective umbrella for them to escape punishment”.

China’s criminal law does not give foreigners any different legal status than Chinese citizens.

Although exact figures are lacking, China is believed to be the world’s leader in executing criminals, according to CNN.

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