Zhao Zhiyong , a Chinese business mogul was executed yesterday June 4 after being found guilty of raping 25 underage female students, according to a court.
Zhao was an influential businessman in Kaifeng. He reportedly owned a large flour factory and was the deputy head of the Kaifeng Chamber of Commerce.
Zhao Zhiyong, 49, reportedly assaulted the victims on 32 occasions in a period of one and a half years.
He was given a death sentence in October 2018 after being convicted of rape before finally executed yesterday, according to the Kaifeng Intermediate People’s Court in central China’s Henan Province. The court said the execution order was given by the Supreme Court.
According to a statement posted online by the Kaifeng Intermediate People’s Court, Zhao had colluded with Li Na, who was always scouting for victims. The statement said that between May 2015 and January 2017, Li brought underage girls to hotels or Zhao’s home for him to have sex with them by force. Li Na was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve.
According to court, the Flour factory boss, Zhao always sent Li to look for ‘young female pupils’ from middle schools in the county of Weishi so that he could have sex with them. Li, together with eight accomplices, forced the young girls to have sex with Zhao by beating them, intimidating them and taking pictures of their privates as threats.
Altogether, Zhao was said to have raped 25 middle school students on 32 occasions, including 14 girls who were not yet 14 years old.