Caixin
Dec 06, 2021 08:31 PM
CHINA

Mother Fighting to Get Prosecutors to Admit Her Innocence After Buying Illegal Drug for Sick Son

The Jinling Customs office seized Frisium, a class II psychotropic drug under state control, from an entry mail declared as
The Jinling Customs office seized Frisium, a class II psychotropic drug under state control, from an entry mail declared as "vitamin" in a Post Office on June 21. Photo: China Customs Weibo

Li Xia (pseudonym) was one of four Chinese mothers charged with drug smuggling after they were found to be importing a controlled narcotic to treat their children’s rare form of epilepsy.

In recognition of their motive, the prosecutors offered them a deal in which the women admit they broke the law, but they won’t be prosecuted or face any punishment.

Li was the only one who refused to sign the deal — on Nov. 29 she filed an appeal with the Zhongmou County People’s Procuratorate in Central China’s Henan province, demanding they reverse their decision and officially rule she hasn’t broken the law, as her actions were motivated by medical need, not profit, and had no ill effect on society.

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