Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Forbidden City Update

Last May I posted news of a rare theft in China's Forbidden City (CLICK). Yesterday the thief stood trial in the Second Intermediate People's Court in Beijing and received a 13-year sentence plus a fine of $2,100. They don't mess about in China. Probation reports? You've got to be joking. Guilty as charged; slam, dunk; 13 years; next case. British and American lawyers would starve if their legal systems were as simplistic as this. Farmer Shi Baikui [Defender] admitted he stole the bejewelled pieces on the spur of the moment. Three items are still missing (title link).


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