Lawyer: The Sentence Is Too Severe – Ji Zhongxing is going for Appeal
Recently, Beijing court heard the “Ji Zhongxing’s
Airport Bombing Case" which is causing much concerned to
Although Ji Zhongxing has received sympathy and
understanding from all sides, he nevertheless, was severely
sentenced to 6 years in jail with for crime of “explosive offense"
by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) authority.
His defense lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan thinks the sentence is too
harsh and the court hadn’t considered the root reason
why Ji Zhongxing committed the crime.
Now, Ji Zhongxing’s family decided to appeal and will sue
Guangdong Provincial Public Security bureau in the near future.
On October 15, Beijing Chaoyang District Court heard the first
trial and sentenced Ji Zhongxing to six years in jail with the crime
of “explosive offense".
Liu Xiaoyuan, the defense lawyer of Ji Zhongxing thinks,
Ji’s action is one of a “negligent explosion" which can’t be judged
as an “explosive offense".
Liu Xiaoyuan, a Beijing Lawyer, “Ji Zhongxing didn’t set off the
bomb explosion intentionally in the airport.
He went there to ask for help.
He held the bomb with that intention.
When the police were asking him to put down the bomb,
it explored accidentally.
That’s why we think it is a negligent explosion.
There’s surveillance video to testify the whole process.
It is true."
During the first trial, Ji Zhongxing said in court that
he was afraid that the police would grab the bomb
when the incident occurred.
Then he moved the bomb from his left hand to the right hand,
but touched the detonator by mistake. In fact, he has never
wanted to explode it nor commit suicide.
According to the Article 114 of the Chinese “Criminal Law",
the sentence for an “explosive offense" crime without
serious damage should be 3 to 10 years in jail.
The sentence for a “negligence explosion" should be 3 to 7
years in jail; the related less serious case, should be
sentenced to less than 3 years in jail or a criminal detention.
Although the court claimed that the sentence was light,
but Liu Xiaoyuan does not agree with that opinion.
He pointed out that even if the judge
regarded Ji Zhongxing committed an “explosives offense",
a 6 year sentence in jail is too severe.
Liu Xiaoyuan thinks the judge completely ignored
the motivation and causes of this case.
Liu Xiaoyuan: “Ji Zhongxing was beaten and maimed, and didn’t
receive fair treatment in last 8 years which forced him to
choose this kind of solution.
The court didn’t consider the root cause, which we think
makes the sentence unfair.
The family has the same point of view as us."
In 2005, Ji Zhongxing worked in Guangdong.
One day when he was carrying a passenger by motorcycle,
he was beaten and maimed by the security team with steel pipes.
In the followed several years, Ji Zhongxing asked for help
from the police, did the petition, raised complaints, sued,
but he did not achieved any positive feedback.
Ji Zhongxing decided to choose an abnormal channel to
pursue his grievances because there was no other solution.
On July 20 this year, Ji Zhongxing distributed leaflets about
his plight at the exit of the Capital Airport Terminal.
When police stopped him, Ji Zhongxing detonated his
handmade bomb by accident.
Because the power of the bomb wasn’t strong and Ji Zhongxing
had warned the people in advance, there’s a police and Ji
himself hurt in the explosion.
But Ji Zhongxing was hurt severely and his left arm was
For this case, the Chinese legal profession think that
Ji Zhongxing’s experience can be one of “discretionary
circumstances" to reduce or lighten his punishment.
Lawyer Yang Xuelin, a member of Beijing’s “Lawyer Association
Constitutional and Human Rights Committee",
“the court should lighten his punishment because
there’s a very special reason for his actions.
It’s related in his motives, his punishment is vicious
and harmful to society.
The punishment should be lighter on him."
After the Beijing Capital International Airport bombing case,
the Guangdong Provincial Public Security Bureau and
the Guangdong Provincial High Court have been forced
to ask the Dongguan police to review the case
that Ji Zhongxing was beaten and maimed,
and to report to the society once there’s a result.
But then the Guangdong Provincial Public Security Bureau refused
Ji Zhongxing’s request to make public the result which makes
public opinion very suspicious.
The family of Ji Zhongxing plans to sue the Guangdong Provincial
Public Security Bureau, and demand the regime to make public
the review results.
Currently , Ji Zhongxing and his family have entrusted
lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan to make the defense case for the appeal.
On October 16, Liu XIaoyuan went to Beijing Second
Detention Center and asked to meet with Ji Zhongxing.
But he was refused and just allowed to pass the documents
to the police who would bring to them to Ji Zhongxing for signing.
Liu Xiaoyuan:"I went to meet with Ji Zhongxing this afternoon,
but the detention center told me that they didn’t have
the police to bring Ji from the hospital to the meeting room.
After negotiating, they agreed to take the complaint letter
to Ji and bring it back to me after Ji signed it.
I didn’t meet Ji Zhongxing today, but Ji agreed to appeal
and signed the complaint letter."
There are commentaries pointing out that although
Ji Zhongxing should be punished by law, but the person
who forced Ji to commit the crime should be punished even more.
All the injuries and injustices that Ji Zhongxing suffered
shouldn’t be in vain.