Two Chinese businessmen who defrauded investors out of more than $120 million have been executed.  
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6 Aug 2009 - 6:51 PM  UPDATED 23 Aug 2013 - 11:52 AM

Two Chinese businessmen have been executed for defrauding investors out of more than 850 million yuan ($120,000,000), China's state news agency reports.

Du Yimin and Si Chaxian "seriously damaged the country's financial regulatory order and social stability", the Supreme People's Court ruled.

The death sentence is usually reserved for violent crimes but is occasionally used for cases of major fraud.

China executes more people than any other country in the world.

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But last month the vice-president of the Supreme People's Court indicated that the punishment would be used more sparingly in future.

Du Yimin, a businesswoman from Zhejiang province, was found guilty of conning more than 700 million yuan ($102, 000,000) from investors in a real estate scam.

She had promised them monthly returns of up to 10%.

Si Chaxian, the other person convicted, collected 167 million yuan ($24m) from more than 300 people.