Naw Kham (糯康), a suspected drug-trafficking lord, faced trial in China on Sept. 20, 2012, on charges of masterminding the murder of 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong River on Oct. 5, 2011.
Born on Nov. 8, 1969 in Myanmar, Naw Kham can speak both Myanmese language as well as Thai . He was dubbed "The Godfather" for running one of the most notorious armed drug rings on the Mekong River near the China-Myanmar-Laos borders. A previous police investigation found that Naw Kham together with several core members of the gang and a small number of Thai soldiers had attacked, hijacked and eventually killed 13 Chinese sailors on two cargo ships, the Hua Ping and Yu Xing 8, going down the Mekong River on Oct. 5, 2011.
Thanks to joint efforts from the Chinese, Myanmese, Lao, and Thai police departments, Naw Kham was arrested in Laos in April 2012 and extradited to China the following month. He stands trial at the Intermediate People's Court of in Kunming, the capital of China's Yunnan Province, on Sept. 20, 2012. Five other suspects are also being tried in the case. All have been charged with intentional homicide, drug trafficking, kidnapping and ship hijacking. The trial shows China's determination to severely punish cross-border crimes and protect the legitimate rights of its citizens.
Naw Kham was sentenced to death in the first instance on Nov. 6, 2012, by Kunming Intermediate People's Court.
Naw Kham and three of his accomplices convicted of murdering 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong River in 2011 were put to death by lethal injection in Kunming on March 1, 2013.