The vice-president of the Chinese Forensic Medicine Association has resigned over the ‘disappointing’ levels of professional conduct in the Chinese forensic community.
Wang Xuemei previously criticised the findings of the investigation into the death of Neil Heywood, findings which were used to convict Bo Xilai’s wife Gu Kailai and may be used against Bo himself in his upcoming trial on August 22. After taking issue with evidence presented in the case of a 20 year old student who died on the Beijing Metro in 2010, Wang said she is resigning because she “could not change the current situation”.
In 2010, Ma Yue, a 20-year-old university student, fell to his death from the platform of Beijing’s Gulou Dajie subway station. Ma’s mother, Meng Zhaohong, was unhappy with the inquest’s findings that her son had “died of abrupt termination of breath and heartbeat from a high-pressure electric shock”, without providing additional information.
She is suing the Xicheng district government for an undisclosed amount for its misconduct in the inquest. The hearing opens today.
Wang, a forensic scientist with the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, said the forensic conclusion given by the association in Ma’s case was “ridiculous and irresponsible”.
Wang said in her video that, although she had no access to evidence presented by the police, her years of experience convinced her that the cause of Ma’s death was not the same as the authorities claimed. Wang did not return phone calls yesterday.
According to CRI, Meng’s lawsuit against the authorities will be heard in court on August 20.
“Wang’s resignation shows that her vocational ethics conflict with the reality and that even legal workers are unsatisfied with the current legal system,” Wang Zhenyu, research fellow at the China University of Political Science and Law, told the Global Times.
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