Beijing court refutes report on detention for intercepting petitioning

2012-12-03 05:57:30 GMT2012-12-03 13:57:30(Beijing Time)  SINA English

By Yu Runze, Sina English

The High People's Court in Beijing said on Sunday that the media coverage reporting that 10 had been detained for intercepting petitioners proved groundless, and therefore incorrect.

According to the Beijing Youth Daily report, Beijing's Chaoyang District People's Court handed down sentences to 10 people who prevented residents from petitioning over their grievances in Beijing. And the crime was illegal detention.

The defendants had reportedly rounded up the petitioners and sent them to a secret “black jail” on the outskirts of Beijing, the Beijing Youth Daily said.

Also according to the Southern Metropolis Daily report, Beijing’s Chaoyang District People’s Court recently heard a case in involving unlawful detention. One of the petitioners appeared in the court as a witness, but no verdict has so far turned out.

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