China: Accused Bomber Claims Explosion Was Unintentional

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A man accused of detonating a bomb this summer in Beijing Capital International Airport pleaded not guilty on Tuesday. The man, Ji Zhongxing, had not intended to set off an explosive, his lawyer said, according to online reports of the trial. No one was injured in the blast, which took place on July 20, except Mr. Ji, and he was wheeled into the courtroom on Tuesday on a stretcher. Mr. Ji had been trying to call attention to grievances against officials in the southern city of Dongguan, whom he accused of having beaten him. Police officers tried to stop Mr. Ji from carrying out his protest, which unfolded in Terminal 3, before the explosion took place. Mr. Ji's case elicited widespread sympathy among Chinese Internet users, who accuse the government of hassling rather than helping petitioners like Mr. Ji.

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This article originally appeared in The New York Times.


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