A Chinese roadside sausage seller was given a suspended death sentence on Tuesday for slitting a government inspector’s throat in a case that gripped the nation and highlighted a yawning wealth gap.
Cui Yingjie (Â¥îËã±Êù∞), 23, killed Li Zhiqiang with a fruit knife in suburban Beijing last August after Mr. Li and urban management colleagues seized the tricycle Mr. Cui used in his business of cooking and selling food.
Urban management officials, known as “cheng guan,” are mainly responsible for cracking down on unlicensed hawkers suspected of selling unsanitary food or low quality goods.
The Beijing court handed down the death penalty to Mr. Cui, but suspended execution for two years, defence lawyer Xia Lin said. Such sentences are usually commuted to life imprisonment on condition of good behaviour. [Full Text]