A decision by a court in China has led to the execution of a successful businessman found guilty of raping 25 underage female students.
Zhao Zhiyong was sentenced to death last October and was executed on June 4 according to the Kaifeng Intermediate People’s Court in central China’s Henan Province.
He had sexually assaulted the young victims on 32 occasions in the space of one and a half years.
An online statement by the court revealed that Zhao had colluded with an accomplice, named Li Na, who helped him scout for victims. Li brought underage girls to hotels between May 2015 and January 2017 for Zhao to have sexual intercourse with by force.
She and eight accomplices forced the victims to sleep with Zhao by beating them, intimidating them and taking pictures of their privates as threats.
Zhao was an influential businessman in Kaifeng who owned a large flour factory and was the deputy head of the Kaifeng Chamber of Commerce.
His execution was carried out after an order came from the Supreme court in China.
Zhao raped 25 middle school students on 32 occasions, including 14 girls who were not yet 14 years old. Zhao’s accomplice Li was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve.