Dongguan’s Public Security Bureau has been ordered to reopen an investigation into the alleged beating in 2005 that paralysed Beijing airport bomber Ji Zhongxing.
The Public Security Bureau in Guangdong asked the Dongguan branch to carry out a thorough investigation into mistreatment claimed by Ji Zhongxing, the bomber, and his ensuing petitions, the national broadcaster CCTV reported yesterday, adding that the probe was already under way.
In an account of the beating published online and translated by Shanghaiist, Ji described how he was crippled by chengguan officers for operating an unlicensed motorbike taxi service:
When I came to, it was already noon the next day. I was in pain all over, and when I opened my eyes I saw that I was lying on the hospital bed, the passenger I took was also hurt and in hospital. I searched around my pockets and wasn’t missing any money, the only thing that was missing my ID card. When Gong Tao saw that I was conscious, he told me that policemen from Xin Tang Public Security […] refused to let me go and started hitting my legs, feet, waist, striking me furiously with the steel bars.
The Guangdong-based Yangcheng Evening News reports that Ji’s family accepted 100,000 yuan in compensation from the Dongguan government in 2010, on the condition that they would drop any further claims.
“We accepted it only when they told us that the money was intended to help us, and signed our names on a sheet of paper,” said [Ji’s brother], adding that both men were not sure exactly what was written on the paper as he was illiterate while his younger brother could only read a small amount.
“We were then surprised when the officials warned us, as they held the paper in their hands, that we could make no further petitions. Otherwise, we would have to bear full responsibility for anything that happened later.”
Xinhua reports that Ji’s family were completely unaware of the bombing plot.
In an editorial on the bombing, the Global Times said that the Chinese public “shouldn’t indulge sympathy for radical actions or applaud them”.
“If we have pity on and encourage vulnerable groups to conduct “violent resistance,” the paper warned, “the construction of the rule of law in China will falter, leading to chaos.”