Ji Zhongxing, the wheelchair-bound petitioner who set off a bomb at the Beijing International Airport last July and was later sentenced to six years in jail, has lost his appeal to redress the case he was petitioning for.
According to court papers dated December 23, 2013 which were uploaded to Sina Weibo yesterday by Ji’s lawyer, Liu Xiaoyuan, the High People's Court in Guangdong Province in a final ruling rejected Ji’s bid for the Guangdong Public Security Department to disclose the results of its review over his original complaints.
Ji, 34, who is now serving the six-year sentence in prison, claims to have been badly beaten by local security forces in 2005 in Dongguan, Guangdong where he was a migrant worker. The beating left him paralysed and without a living, he said. He had since embarked on a decade-long legal battle to seek redress from Guangdong authorities which eventually led him to set off a home-made bomb at the capital airport on July 20, 2013.
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The Dongguan city government and Guangdong police told the media after the explosion gained international attention that they would reopen Ji’s 2005 case. The Beijing Youth Daily reported in October that the security department of Dongguan city said they had established Ji’s beating and injuries as a criminal case in September but no findings have been made public since.
Ji sued the Guangdong Public Security Department in October 2013 after it turned down his request for information on its investigations, according to court papers. The lawsuit was rejected by the Guangzhou Intermediate Court later that month, and Ji appealed to the Guangdong High Court in November 2013.
Liu wrote on his Weibo before the ruling, “we hope the Dongguan Public Security Department can solve the  case soon, as the plaintiff [Ji] has been pursuing it for more than eight years and has paid a heavy price.”
Sun Xuyang, a popular commentator on Weibo, wrote: “[It is] a simple trick to fool lawyers and reporters. [The authorities] promise to establish the case but give out nothing in writing, and the so-called ‘reopening’ of the case is only a matter of formality. What can you do?”
Ji lost his left hand in the airport bombing. He has insisted that he did not intend to set off the bomb, but it went off accidentally as he shifted it between his hands.