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China:Prisão e os duplos

Pablo Empanada

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Double Jeopardy

In China, the rich and powerful can hire body doubles to do their prison time for them.

In May 2009, a wealthy 20-year-old was drag racing through the city streets of Hangzhou, China, when his Mitsubishi struck and killed a pedestrian in a crosswalk. The car was traveling so fast that the victim—a 25-year-old telecom engineer of a modest, rural background—was flung at least 20 yards. Afterward, bystanders and reporters photographed the driver, Hu Bin, as well as his rich friends, who nonchalantly smoked cigarettes and laughed while waiting for the police to arrive at the scene.

These images, soon posted online, provoked a public outcry. Anger over the callous behavior of these wealthy Chinese youths was followed by accusations of a police cover-up. First, the local authorities admitted that they had underestimated the speed Hu’s vehicle was traveling by half. (Incredibly, the police had first suggested that Hu was going no more than 43 mph.) Public furor rose again when Hu received a three-year prison sentence, an exceptionally light punishment in a country where drunk drivers guilty of similar accidents can receive the death penalty.

But the most stunning allegation was that the man appearing in court and serving the three-year sentence wasn’t Hu at all, but a hired body double.

The charge isn’t as far-fetched as it may sound. The practice of hiring “body doubles” or “stand-ins” is well-documented by official Chinese media. In 2009, a hospital presidentwho caused a deadly traffic accident hired an employee’s father to “confess” and serve as his stand-in.

A company chairman is currently charged with allegedly arranging criminal substitutes for the executives of two other companies. In another case, after hitting and killing a motorcyclist, a man driving without a license hired a substitute for roughly $8,000. The owner of a demolition company that illegally demolished a home earlier this year hired a destitute man, who made his living scavenging in the rubble of razed homes, and promised him $31 for each day the “body double” spent in jail. In China, the practice is so common that there is even a term for it: ding zui. Ding means “substitute,” and zui means “crime”; in other words, “substitute criminal.”

Incredibly, substitutes could be hired even for executions. Nineteenth-century travelerJulius Berncastle, the Qing Dynasty author De Fu, and the legal scholar John Bruce Nortoneach described substitute executions as regular events. This 1883 report from the Board of Punishments demanded an inquiry into how a youth named Wang Wen-shu “was wrongly convicted” and “was on the point of being executed as a substitute for one Hu T’ian, whose alias he was falsely declared to be.”

If a family is starving, wouldn’t many parents accept execution in exchange for enough money to save their children?







It’s been three years since Hu’s sentencing, so last month someone walked free from prison.

But the question remains: Who was it?



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Yep é true, para alem desse site ser credível tens foruns em chines de chineses(sim a serio) a comentarem indignados http://club.autohome...-3756390-1.html. Tal como nas noticias, por exemplo http://v.youku.com/v...A2NjcxMzI0.html http://shenmu.678114.com/Html/yunchu/daolu/20090729563A277C.htm

E tambem no The Wall Street Journal: http://professional....cleTabs=article

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O que impressiona é o facto de estarmos a falar de uma cultura milenar, onde ainda se cultiva este tipo de práticas e o menosprezo total pelos direitos humanos.

Cai por terra a velha história de que tem que se aprender com os chineses, porque são uma cultura milenar.

Suspeito que isto não irá durar por muitos mais anos. O povo irá revoltar-se porque a globalização é uma praga inevitável.

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