Chinese Court Sentences Man to Six Years for Airport Bomb

A Chinese court sentenced a wheelchair-bound man to six years in prison for detonating a homemade bomb at Beijing’s main airport, an act he committed to protest what he said was a beating by police in 2005.

Ji Zhongxing was jailed for “causing an explosion in a public place,” the official Xinhua News Agency said, citing the Chaoyang District People’s Court. Ji lost his hand in the July 20 blast while a police officer suffered minor injuries.

Ji’s case drew attention to the plight of Chinese petitioners who believe their grievances against authorities go ignored. He lost a lawsuit in the southern city of Dongguan in 2008 over his alleged beating, which he said damaged his spine and left him in a wheelchair. Dongguan police later paid him 100,000 yuan ($16,382) in humanitarian assistance, the People’s Daily said in July.

Ji detonated the bomb at the Beijing Capital International Airport after handing out leaflets that read “paying off old scores,” Xinhua reported, citing the court. He received a lesser sentence because he warned people before the bomb went off and he confessed, Xinhua said.

The Public Security Bureau in Guangdong province said in July it would reopen an investigation into Ji’s allegations that he was beaten when he dropped off a passenger from his motorcycle taxi on June 28, 2005, the China Daily reported at the time. Police said he sustained his injuries when he collided with a policeman and fell off his motorcycle.

— With assistance by Stephen Tan

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