Photos: The final 12 hours of Chinese women on death row
Right before June 26, 2003, which is the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, lives of four female drug dealers incarcerated in a detention center in Wuhai were coming to an end. On the night of June 24, 2003, a photographer, with permission and consent from the relevant department and news subjects, walked into the No.1 Detention Center of Wuhai and documented their last night spent there.
A police officer brought in the outfit for the condemned to wear before the execution as per her request. Dai Donggui, a drug dealer sentenced to death, took over the top, and is about to try it on.
Dead silence reigned the house of detention. At 5:40 a.m., an ordinary inmate brought in hot water for washing faces to the interrogation room, where the death row inmates temporarily stayed before execution.
Death row inmates were escorted off the trial site to the execution ground.