Xinhua News Agency


PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 March, 2012, 12:00am

Farmer jailed 13 years for art theft files appeal

A farmer from Shandong, jailed on Monday for 13 years for stealing imperial treasures from the Forbidden City's Palace Museum in May, appealed because he believed the sentence was too harsh, Beijing Youth Daily reported. Shi Baikui, 28, said the sentence handed down by the Beijing No 2 Intermediate Court should be based on an authoritative evaluation of the items he stole from among 130 pieces on loan from Hong Kong collector Peter Fung Yiu-fai's Liangyi Museum. But there wasn't one. Priscilla Jiao

Eleven imprisoned for attacks in Sichuan

Eleven people have been sentenced to jail terms ranging from three to 13 years for recent acts of violence and vandalism in the largely Tibetan Ganzi prefecture in Sichuan, Xinhua reported. In one case, a man named Paldol and six others were convicted of robbery and vandalism in Chaggo county. They used stones and wooden sticks to attack local stores and a police station. In another case, a man named Tseyang and three others were convicted of using force to obstruct public servants in Serthar county. Staff Reporter

Police abuses worry the public, state media says

The web portal of the People's Daily ran a commentary saying that controversy surrounding clauses in the amended Criminal Procedure Law passed last week reflects worries over their implementation which require a positive response from law enforcers. 'In the case of the very controversial clause 73 regarding residential surveillance and clause 83 regarding detention without informing family, what worries the public the most is that the law will be abused,' the commentary said. Ng Tze-wei