China: 6-Year Term for Protester in Blast

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A court in Beijing sentenced a man to six years in prison on Tuesday after finding him guilty of detonating a homemade bomb in Beijing's Capital International Airport in July, state-run news media reported. The man, Ji Zhongxing, had been trying to draw attention to his allegations that officials in Dongguan, an industrial city in far southern China, ignored his complaints that security officers there beat him so severely in 2005 that he was unable to walk and had to use a wheelchair. The blast badly injured Mr. Ji and slightly wounded a police officer. The case kindled widespread debate in China, with some Internet users voicing sympathy for Mr. Ji and his ire with government officials. Dongguan officials said they had given him compensation of 100,000 renminbi, or about $16,400, on condition that he drop his complaints. Mr. Ji pleaded not guilty to the charges. His lawyers argued that he had not meant to detonate the explosive, the China News Service reported. The maximum sentence for the charge was 10 years in prison.

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This article originally appeared in The New York Times. First Published October 15, 2013 2:01 PM


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