A gay man in Hunan Province, China, has been sentenced to death for organising sex games leading to the deaths of six men.
According to The Hunan Morning News, his defence arguments that he had confessed and had "intended no harm" were dismissed by the court.
Police in Changsha City found six male bodies in local hotels between October 11 and November 26.
All victims were found naked and hanged to death. Police arrested a suspect during a robbery on November 28 and the man, later identified as Zhou Youping confessed that he was the one who had hanged the men.
According to police, Zhou Youping published a public "invitation" on a gay website from September 2009, promising volunteers high payments to play sex games including 'hanging', which involved a high risk of death.
Zhou told police he knew the 'hanging' game was risky so he never tried it, but he enjoyed watching others do it, the report said.He said he usually left the room after he felt satisfied, leaving victims still hung, the report said.Zhou argued that the victims were volunteers and should have freed themselves.
Legal experts said his behaviour related to "indirect intent," which means the suspect knew of a potential dangerous results but does nothing to stop it.
Under Chinese law, indirect intent to kill is the equivalent to murder.