Ji Zhongxing, the petitioner who set off a firecracker-bomb in Beijing Airport’s Terminal 3 in July, has been sentenced to six years in prison for the offence. He was found guilty of ‘causing bodily harm with an explosive device,’ although the only person injured in the explosion was Ji himself.
South China Morning Post reports on Ji’s trial and sentencing:
The wheelchair-bound petitioner was found guilty of causing bodily harm with an explosive device in the first instance ruling by the Chaoyang District People’s Court in Beijing on Tuesday morning. The act carried a potential sentence of between three and 10 years’ imprisonment.
Ji had pleaded not guilty during his trial hearing in September, arguing that he did not intentionally detonate the bomb in the airport’s Terminal 3 on July 20. The 33-year-old Shandong-native was injured heavily in the blast and has since been undergoing medical treatment.
Ji acted out of desperation, his defence lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan said in earlier statements. In 2005, he was beaten up by security guards in Dongguan so severely that he has since been confined to a wheelchair. Dongguan authorities continue to ignore his petitions for punishment of the attackers, his lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan wrote in a microblog post on Tuesday.
From the looks of things, the most dangerous results of Ji’s bombing were the bizarre copycat attacks that followed.
Ji Zhongxing’s attack sparked harsher criticism of China’s chengguang, the unregulated urban patrol officers against whose actions Ji was originally petitioning. All things considered, this man set off a bomb in an airport and didn’t kill anyone, started some serious investigations into justice abuses in China, and will get less jailtime than certain recently-caught corrupt officials.
[Image on Xinhua, via SCMP]