Five judges from the top legal court in Shanghai have been suspended after video footage was released online showing them hiring prostitutes together.
The five officials are from the Shanghai’s Higher People’s Court – one of the highest legal courts in the whole of China. The group is said to include both Chen Xueming and Zhao Minghua – two of the chief judges in the court.
The video, dated June 9th, shows CCTV footage of the five men renting a large private room in a Pudong nightclub. A few hours later, at around midnight, the group can be seen emerging with five prostitutes and heading for a Hengshan Resort hotel. Judge and prostitute pair off and enter separate rooms. The women each leave the men’s room about an hour later, whilst the judges all leave the hotel together in the morning, probably for a breakfast buffet.
The anonymous blogger who released the footage said that he/she did so to expose the profligate lifestyle of the top officials. Viewers of the footage were suitably outraged, many asking the question ‘who will judge the judges?’. The Shanghai footage follows the Lei Zhengfu incident; with Lei recently being sentenced to twelve years.
The footage can be viewed below with stirring background music: