Behind the Li Gang Case, Part 1: Chen Family Forced to Drop Suit

China Geeks translates the first part of an investigative report by Wang Keqin about the “Li Gang” case. Read more about the incident which led to this case on the Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon.

From China Geeks’ translation. This part of the report deals with the alleged “resolution” between the two families involved in the death of Chen Xiaofeng, a girl killed in a traffic accident by the son of Li Gang, a local official:

On November 11, Feng Jun went to Chen Xiaofeng home [in Shijiazhuang], and because of this, the shocking “reconciliation gate” became public. A few minutes after he got there, the village head and Party secretary showed up at the Chen home, saying a villager had called to report they saw a cab in the village. In the kitchen, they asked Chen Guangqian (the father) who the person who had come was. Mr. Chen said it was a classmate of Chen Lin’s who had just come to visit, and the village head and Party secretary left.

Shortly after lunch, Chen Guangqian and Chen Lin described the process of their reconciliation with Li Gang for Feng Jun.

The village head warned Mr. Chen, this isn’t a traffic accident anymore, it’s a political incident, and said that if they accepted any further media interviews that would be “anti-Party and anti-government”.

The village head also said: “You got Zhang Kai as your lawyer, but Li Gang hired Zhang Kai’s teacher to be his lawyer; is there any way you could win this lawsuit?”

The Chen family was then forced to sign a compensation agreement, and “weren’t permitted to accept media interviews, make contact with the outside world, or reveal anything.”


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