Beijing airport bomber complains of job treatment

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A wheelchair-bound Chinese man who detonated an explosive device at a Beijing airport, said he was unjustly treated when he worked in southern China’s Guangdong Province.

Ji Zhongxing, 34, set off a homemade explosive device outside the Terminal 3 arrivals hall of the Beijing Capital International Airport on Saturday evening.

According to a report issued Saturday by police in the city of Dongguan in Guangdong, Ji used to be a motorcycle driver. On June 28, 2005, Ji got injured in a road accident when he tried to avoid a check of his motorcycle, and collided with local authorities. Ji’s injuries left him disabled after the crash.

Dongguan police also said the local security station had given Ji 100,000 yuan after learning he was living in a poor family. Ji was thankful and signed a letter of guarantee that he wouldn’t petition about the incident anymore.

However, Ji’s brother insisted Ji’s injuries were caused by the authorities’ beating, and he was innocent.

“My brother said he was aware when he first got hit, and then he passed out. By the time he woke up, he was already in the hospital,” he said.

Ji had asked for around 330,000 yuan in damages for the alleged unjust treatment. However, he failed in court.

Ji’s brother added:” After a period of time, four or five people came to us from Guangdong. They wanted to give us 80,000 yuan, but we didn’t agree. Then they added 20,000 more, making it 100,000 yuan, and asked us to sign (a letter of guarantee).”

A investigation team has been set up in Dongguan to thoroughly reexamine Ji’s case.

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