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Top forensic scientist Wang Xuemei resigns over standards of evidence presented to trials

Outspoken critic of evidence presented to Neil Heywood's inquest says her colleagues' unprofessional conduct has pushed her to the brink

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 August, 2013, 11:47am
 

A leading forensic scientist who criticised findings of the investigation into the death of Briton Neil Heywood has resigned after making similar remarks over evidence presented in the case of a 20-year-old student who died on the Beijing Metro three years ago.

Wang Xuemei, 57, resigned from the Chinese Forensic Medicine Association, of which she was vice-president, on Saturday, just as a trial over the Metro death was about to start.

In a video posted online, she said she felt "disappointed" with the professional conduct of the mainland's forensic medical community but felt obliged to step down as she "could not change the current situation".

In 2010, Ma Yue, a 20-year-old university student, fell to his death from the platform of Beijing's Gulou Dajie subway station. Ma's mother, Meng Zhaohong, was unhappy with the inquest's findings that her son had "died of abrupt termination of breath and heartbeat from a high-pressure electric shock", without providing additional information.

She is suing the Xicheng district government for an undisclosed amount for its misconduct in the inquest. The hearing opens today.

Wang, a forensic scientist with the Supreme People's Procuratorate, said the forensic conclusion given by the association in Ma's case was "ridiculous and irresponsible".

Video: Wang Xuemei explains her resignation

Wang said in her video that, although she had no access to evidence presented by the police, her years of experience convinced her that the cause of Ma's death was not the same as the authorities claimed. Wang did not return phone calls yesterday.

Meng Zhaohong said Wang had told her that she would not comment on her resignation at this stage.

"We just want to find the truth of my son's death," Meng said.

Meng was "not optimistic" about her trial today as she had hard time dealing with authorities over the past three years.

Meng demanded that the Beijing Mass Transit Railway Operation Corporation, which runs the network, show her surveillance footage of the day her son died.

But a 10-minute section of footage on August 23, 2010, was automatically deleted by the computer system and could not be recovered, an investigation team told Meng in November.

Wang was the only senior forensic official to query the government's initial statements on the death Heywood, a business associate of the Bo family, at a Chongqing hotel room in 2011.

Last August, Gu Kailai, wife of disgraced political star Bo Xilai, was convicted of using cyanide to kill Heywood.

Wang argued that if Heywood had indeed been killed by cyanide, forensic experts sent to the scene would have immediately noticed obvious symptoms such as discolouration of the corpse.

This would have made it impossible for four subordinates of Wang Lijun, Chongqing's former police chief, to disguise it as a drinking-related death, Wang Xuemei said. In her blog published after Gu's trial, she suggested that Heywood could have been suffocated.

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scmpgt
The biggest case, the most public case, a million people reading it online.... and there is still evidence tampering. Shame.
whymak
Hate China folks often put on an air of China expertise when they fabricate fairy tales. In the tumultuous years of early Chinese Republic, the most chanted slogan in May 4 student movement was "Down with Confucian Store," 打倒孔家店. During Mao's era, China suffered from wrenching land reform 土改 and reckoning 清算 to rid the country of the old social order and residual power structures. Hong Kong Chinese newspapers published daily accounts about the uncivilized behavior of Chinese Communists. One of the most popular slogans among demonstrating children was, "We don't want father, we don't want mother, we only want our country," 不要爸爸, 不要媽媽, 只要國家. (I had no idea if it was true.)
In recent years, there are revivals of traditional Chinese culture, not least of which are Confucianism and Buddhism, from scholars down to average folks 老百姓. Indeed, these are welcoming changes after the thrashings they took from the Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution.
As to Chinese government now coopting Confucianism referred to by one reader in this page, it is just another ignoramus China smearing effort.
Don't expect any let up in calumny and demonization of China as Hong Kong becomes more politically polarized. But at least in this case the malicious attempt backfired by its obvious falsehood.
Dai Muff
"Chi K’ang asked how to cause the people to reverence their ruler, to be faithful to him and to go on to nerve themselves to virtue. The Master said, “Let him preside over them with gravity; then they will reverence him. Let him be final and kind to all; then they will be faithful to him. Let him advance the good and teach the incompetent; then they will eagerly seek to be virtuous.”
Dai Muff
It's looking to me as if you only like the autocrats' Confucius. And I can point you to a dozen Chinese scholars who will make it clear he is not the real one. Yes, the Chinese government is co-opting Confucius. Nothing new in that. He was NOT just about obeying authority. He was also about authority being deserving of obedience.
yellow_lynx_cat
At least she stood by her conscience, the science and the truth!!!
John Adams
At last : someone who is prepared to stand up for the truth !
Where is the Rule of Law and True Justice in today's PRC?
likingming
reminds me of Edword Snowden !
chaz_hen
Finally someone in the CCP hierarchy with the guts to call out a rat in the system and stand up for something while STILL ACTIVE rather than being a retired 80+ year old apparatchik who has misgivings over how things went 30 years when they were still able to do something about it...
Naturally it's a woman.
Says a lot about the good old boy club in Zhong Nan Hai.
whymak
HiggsSinglet:
You have a grudge against Confucius with your repeated comments. Does Confucius appear in your dream every night and urge you to ask your mother who your real father is?
HiggsSinglet
Confucius style of rule of law!!!

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