Monday, January 31, 2011

Chinese "Justice"

New York Times
Chinese Man Who Bragged of Privilege Gets Six Years

SHANGHAI — A Chinese court on Sunday sentenced a 23-year-old man to six years in prison for killing one young woman and injuring another in a drunken-driving accident that drew public outrage in China.

The case became a sensation because witnesses said the suspect, Li Qiming, had tried to flee the scene of the accident in October and evade responsibility by stressing that he was the son of a senior police official.

His words — “Sue me if you dare. My father is Li Gang!” — quickly became a cynical catchphrase to describe various forms of corruption in China and a symbol of the growing divide between the elite and the underprivileged.

Meanwhile, some guy that avoids toll road fees by using military plates gets life in prison (original verdict overturned and case is on hold). Six years seems kind of lenient for driving while intoxicated, killing one pedestrian and injuring another, and attempting to flee scene of accident. I think being Li Gang's son was useful after all.


hogsman said...

he sounds a bit old to be Gong Li's son. isn't she your age?

totochi said...

No, not Gong Li... Li Gang, as in "Go ahead, sue me if you dare. My dad is Li Gang!"