September 23, 2012 |
BEIJING - The Chinese police chief who fled to a U.S. Consulate in February and set off a messy, sprawling political scandal involving murder was convicted Monday on charges of abuse of power, defection, bribe-taking and "bending the law for selfish ends" and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. The relatively light sentence for Wang Lijun, who was accused of helping to cover up a killing committed by his boss' wife, had been foreshadowed last week. In their indictment, prosecutors at the Chengdu City Intermediate People's Court had noted that the former Chongqing police chief had cooperated with authorities and had provided information against unspecified "others," which might result in leniency.
September 7, 2011 |
Chinese police have raided brick factories scattered through a rural swath of Henan province and rescued 30 mentally disabled men who authorities say had been held as slave laborers. The unusually public raids Monday were prompted by a report on Henan provincial television by a journalist who had gone undercover posing as a disabled man at a train station, where he was grabbed by a recruiter and says he was sold to a brick factory. The case is an embarrassment for Chinese authorities, who have promised to stamp out slavery and the abuse of the disabled.
October 18, 2004 |
Haiti's interim prime minister accused ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide of directing a wave of violence from exile, while 95 Chinese police arrived for their first U.N. peacekeeping role in the Western Hemisphere. The Chinese joined an overextended peacekeeping force that has struggled to keep order in Port-au-Prince. At least 55 people have been killed in clashes since Sept. 30, when Aristide's supporters took to the streets.
April 4, 2007 |
Chinese police seized nearly 2 million fake CDs and DVDs when they raided a factory in the country's largest crackdown on entertainment industry pirates, the official New China News Agency said. The high-tech operation could use 30 machines spread over 11 warehouses to churn out more than 300,000 fake discs in one night, the news agency quoted a top anti-piracy official as saying. The factory was in Guangzhou, capital of southeastern Guangdong province, near Hong Kong.
October 6, 1987 |
Chinese police arrested more than 60 demonstrators who chanted and waved fists in a march to the Tibetan regional government office today, five days after a pro-independence protest left at least 14 dead. About 2,000 people stood by as dozens of police and soldiers armed with AK-47 automatic rifles and automatic pistols rushed to the office compound and herded the marchers into trucks.
September 19, 1998 |
Chinese police interrogated three dissidents in separate, three-hour sessions and warned them not to try to set up an opposition political party, one of those interrogated said today. Ren Wanding, one of the dissident community's most prominent figures, said his Thursday night detention and questioning persuaded him to give up plans to register the China Democracy Party's Beijing branch. Police "told me, 'Now we're still under the Communist Party's leadership.