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Scientist-turned-whistle blower Fang Zhouzi (dubbed “science cop” by many) has received a grand total of 500RMB (about $75) in a civil court ruling over a violent attack he received on August 29. This follows October’s equally disappointing five-month jail sentence for Xiao Chuanguo, a medical professor responsible for the attack who lashed out against Fang and his associate Fang Xuanchang (no relation) after they attempted to expose his fraudulent research and credentials.
Xiao paid 100,000RMB total to four men to attack both Fang Zhouzi and Fang Xuanchang with hammers, crowbars, and pepper spray. According to both Fangs, the assailants were clearly sent with the intent to kill. Fang Xuanchang’s claims his injuries were misrepresented in the diagnosis report, and were in fact much more serious (although the reported 5cm head wound sounds serious enough to me…)
The charges and sentence both seem ridiculously light compared to the crime, convicting Xiao and his accomplices of “creating a disturbance” rather than “intent to do harm.” And get this: after being denied an appeal last week, Xiao is requesting a retrial and hoping to have the sentence reduced further to a “domestic disturbance.”
Fang Xuanchang suspects back-room dealings in the proceedings, as Xiao had initially confessed to the crime then later pleaded not guilty. Fang’s lawyer told WSJ, “The police solved the case in short order, which was a surprise… After the trial, we firmly believe there is a black hand manipulating the case behind the scenes.”
Fang Xuanchang and Fang Zhouzi’s lawyer says they will also be requesting a retrial at a higher court. Here’s hoping, for the sake of scientific integrity everywhere, they can get some just compensation.