The family in the high-profile late-term forced abortion case in Ankang, Shaanxi province that rocked China last month has come to an out-of-court settlement with local authorities. Feng Jianmei and her husband Deng Jiyuan will be compensated approximately RMB70,000, according to Shanghai Daily:
Beijing-based lawyer Zhang Kai, who represented the couple, said they had dropped a lawsuit seeking state compensation after the signing of the agreement.
“The signing of the agreement means neither party should raise any questions related to the issue again,” said the county official, who declined to be named. “The money has been paid.”
On Monday, after visiting his sick mother in eastern city of Nanjing, Deng said the family was seeking an out-of-court settlement.
“Private settlement is not by any means a bad way of solving this case. I wish the family well,” the couple’s lawyer said.
The Zengjia township government will also provide necessary support should the couple encounter future difficulties in their life and at work, the official said.
The government will also provide assistance for the medical treatment of Deng’s mother.
Radio Free Asia reports a separate case in Fujian province where a young couple forced to undergo abortion are planning to sue local authorities:
The husband of Pan Chunyan, a mother who underwent a forced abortion in the southeastern province of Fujian in April, said he had hired Beijing-based lawyers Zhang Kai and Xu Can to represent the couple.
Husband Wu Liangjie said Pan was taken away from her shop on April 2 by local officials in Daji township in Fujian’s Xianyou county and locked up in a government building, where she was given an injection that resulted in the stillbirth of her baby on April 8.
He said officials from the couple’s hometown had followed him to the capital as he pursued his efforts to seek justice.
“They came here looking for me, but they didn’t find me, so they went back,” Wu said in an interview on Wednesday. “Now they are calling me every day to meet them for discussions, and they want me to go back there.”
“I think they are lying, and that they want to detain me,” he said. “That’s how I understand it.”
Pan’s baby would have been the couple’s third, exceeding the birth quota of two children to rural couples whose firstborn is a girl.
But Wu said the family had already paid fines of 20,000 yuan (U.S. $3,150), and had promised to pay a further 55,000 yuan (U.S. $8,650) which was demanded by family planning officials at the time.
Zhang confirmed that he was now representing the couple. “It is a very similar situation to that of the forced abortion carried out in Ankang city, Shaanxi province,” Zhang said.