Crime in China

Millionaire's wife and son kidnapped and murdered in Dongguan

The kidnapper admitted to his crimes in an internet cafe in Dongguan. Picture: SCMP/

A Dongguan man kidnapped the wife and five-year-old son of a rich acquaintance, demanded 800,000 yuan in ransom, and then brutally killed them when he did not hear from him, according to a Nanjing

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Open letter demands governor step down

At least 210 journalists and intellectuals have signed an open letter calling for the impeachment and resignation of Hubei governor Li Hongzhong, who hit the headlines last week for snatching a recorder from a journalist on the sidelines of the National People's Congress.

14 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Governor refuses to apologise for taking journalist's recorder

The governor who came under fire for confiscating a reporter's digital recorder has refused to apologise, saying he suspected she was not a real journalist.

Hubei governor Li Hongzhong found himself at the centre of a media and internet storm this week after a verbal clash with mainland reporters on Sunday.

12 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Veteran lawyer urges colleagues to fight for the rule of law

Zhang Sizhi may be 83, but he is still firmly on the front line of the battle between the mainland's lawyers and the law.

25 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

public opinion

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions:

1 How many people did Deng Yujiao stab?

a. four

b. two

c. three

d. one

2 Who was the blogger who highlighted the case?

a. Zhou Jiugeng

b. Xia Lin

c. Wu Gan

d. Wang Wei

22 Jun 2009 - 12:00am


Railings create a deceptive sense of safety

I refer to the letters in these columns on the use of railings on paths.

Adding railings along Old Peak Road and Hatton Road are examples of how our streetscape and countryside are destroyed with ever more railings, fences and concrete for no good reason: no accidents have ever been reported.

19 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Waitress who fatally stabbed official has mental disorder, report says

The young woman who became an unwilling national hero by stabbing to death a local official who allegedly tried to rape her had mental problems, the Chengdu Business Daily said yesterday.

Her trial on a charge of 'assault using excessive force' begins today.

16 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

An icon for the underdog in an unfair society

Wu Gan is better known on the internet as Tu Fu (The Butcher), and is one of the mainland's most high-profile netizens. Mr Wu played a key role in shaping opinion in the case of Deng Yujiao, a 21-year-old hotel worker from Hubei who killed an official who demanded sex. Following a powerful online campaign, Deng has become a national icon for underdogs in an unfair society.

7 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Two reporters beaten as gag on case tightens

Two reporters were beaten in Hubei's Badong county as local authorities sealed off the epicentre of a scandal involving a cadre allegedly killed by a hotel pedicurist.

29 May 2009 - 12:00am

Lawyer of accused in Hubei stabbing sacked

The defence lawyer representing a pedicurist who killed an official in Hubei was sacked by her family a day after he said he possessed crucial evidence of attempted rape, provincial media said yesterday.

24 May 2009 - 12:00am

Sympathy for waitress who stabbed official

Internet users have expressed their support for a hotel waitress who killed a government official in Badong county, Hubei, after he allegedly tried to get her to take money in exchange for sex.

14 May 2009 - 12:00am

Jobless widow 240,000 yuan out of pocket in ant-breeding scam

Last July, 41-year-old widow and laid-off worker Zhang Liyun borrowed 240,000 yuan from relatives and friends to be a contract ant breeder for the Yilishen Tianxi Group, an aphrodisiac tonic maker based in Liaoning province. Ms Zhang was promised she would get the money back from Yilishen in four instalments within a year and would see a return of more than 30 per cent.

7 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Pillar of community falls from his perch

Wang Fengyou, the chairman of the Yilishen Tianxi Group who is in custody for allegedly instigating social unrest, took a long and winding road to become the 'King of Ants'.

Born into a poor farmer's family in a small village in Fushun , Liaoning , the 45-year-old made a living after finishing middle school by opening a tofu shop.

7 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Get-rich mentality puts poorest at risk

Rapidly developing countries tend to create big wealth gaps, with most people on the wrong side of them. None compare with modern China in creating enormous personal wealth and prosperity. But the vast majority of its people are yet to experience it. Many have-nots see people becoming wealthy overnight, not by working hard and saving up but by risk-taking, luck and using official connections.

7 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Officials blamed in ant-potion scandal

The Liaoning government should take the blame for the controversy surrounding the bankruptcy of a company that produced and sold a well-known aphrodisiac made from ants in what officials are calling a pyramid scheme, victims and rights activist said yesterday.

The scheme is believed to involve at least 10 billion yuan and a million investors.

14 Dec 2007 - 12:00am