Policemen Lose to Criminals – Li Xinde

20069223314.jpg From Li Xinde’s blog, translated by CDT:

When Dandong authorities decided to take on a key criminal case directed by the Ministry of Public Security and Liaoning Branch, Lu Zhaozhong (Âç¢ÂÖÜÂø†) and Li Maokun (ÊùéËåÇÂù§) were two backbone policemen who participated in the investigation and crackdown on Dandong’s gang group headed by Zhou Jingzhu (Âë®ÊôØÁè†) and Cheng Shaowu (Á®ãÁªçÊ≠¶).

Two years of hard work put 24 members of the gang in jail, seized nine guns and 100 bullets and retrieved 7 million yuan in evaded taxes and 20 million yuan in illegal income. But two other members, Zhou’s sisters Zhou Shuqing (Âë®Ê∑ëÊ∏Ö) and Zhou Shuyun (Âë®Ê∑ë‰∫ë) are still free and unpunished.

Policemen Lu and Li were awarded with prizes by both the public security agencies of Liaoning and Dandong. But not long after they were both thrown into prison for “interrogating to extort evidence out of gang members,” even though all of their colleagues testified to deny any indication of passing on an intention to torture the criminals in custody and investigation.

Zhou Shuqing was detained for a while but kept in touch with the outside through her mobile phone in her cell. When she heard about her brother’s death in his prison, she asked to be released on parole to handle her brother’s funeral. She was indeed freed from the detention center but only came out to deal with re-amassing the gang’s seized cash and properties.

Quite efficiently, she came back to feet again with a lot of money and even started to “redress” her brother’s case, attempting to throw key investigators into jail. And many former members of the gang could go home freely from prison, thanks to the work of Zhou on her connections. [Full Text in Chinese]

Just another classic example and quality journalism piece by citizen blogger-reporter Li Xinde, whose self-run web site exposed a lot of and social issues, including the downfall of Jining former vice mayor in Shandong Province.

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