Caixin
Sep 17, 2020 07:23 PM
POLITICS & LAW

Eight Officials Face Charges for Helping Murderer Avoid Prison

What’s new: Authorities have punished dozens of officials in North China with ties to a convicted murderer who absconded from jail for over seven years by abusing the medical parole system.

Some 65 public officials in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region’s prison management, high court, public prosecution, police and hospital sectors have been disciplined by the Communist Party, according to a statement (link in Chinese) published Wednesday on the website of the Central Committee for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), the party’s internal graft-buster.

Eight of them have been expelled from the party and turned over to prosecutors on suspicion of criminal activity, the statement said.

The background: According to the CCDI, the sanctioned officials have links to the case of Wang Yunhong, who was sentenced to 15 years behind bars in 2005 for killing a teacher in regional capital Hohhot in return for 200,000 yuan ($29,541).

Wang subsequently secured a succession of medical paroles totaling more than seven years, during which he worked, traveled and started a family. He returned to jail on an extended sentence last year.

Wang’s case has deepened public outrage over convicted criminals serving so-called “on-paper sentences” after a similar case from Inner Mongolia came to light earlier this month.

Contact reporter Matthew Walsh (matthewwalsh@caixin.com) and editor Marcus Ryder (marcusryder@caixin.com)

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