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Poison seller sent to jail

A MAN who sold pesticides online claiming they could be used for euthanasia, or mercy killing, was jailed for five months yesterday on fraud charges.

Zhai sold the material to four people who wanted to end their lives and made 4,300 yuan (US$635).

One of the buyers who took the substance, was in hospital for a few days, but the others didn't use it after they gave up plans to kill themselves, according to the Pudong New Area People's Court.

Zhai, a 27-year-old Jiangsu Province university graduate, came to the city in 2007 but couldn't find a job. When he saw somebody asking to buy medicine for euthanasia online, he decided to take advantage of his agricultural degree to earn money.

He pretended that his pesticides were cyanide, a deadly poison, and put a number of ads online from March 2009, featuring his mobile phone number and e-mail address.

A man in his twenties took the poison after he had had an argument with his girlfriend. He recovered in hospital.

The other three buyers wanted to commit suicide due to depression, a business failure and long-term disease.

Zhai was caught in an Internet cafe while he was putting supply information online.


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