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Librarian demands compensation for wrongful 8-day detention after official accuses him of libel

English.news.cn   2010-12-03 19:06:44 FeedbackPrintRSS

WUZHONG, Ningxia, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- A man detained for eight days on libel charges after exposing an employment scandal involving an official's son is demanding 30,000 yuan (4,503 U.S. dollars) in compensation for the harm done to his reputation and psychological wellbeing.

Wang Peng, 26, was taken from his office at a public library in northwest China's Gansu Province on Tuesday by policemen from Wuzhong City in neighboring Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

An officer at the Litong District branch of Wuzhong's public security bureau said Wang was detained for libel.

Wang, a graduate of Lanzhou University, admitted to writing anonymous letters to Ningxia authorities since 2007, saying his classmate and roommate, Ma Jingjing, may have cheated in the civil servant recruitment examination.

Ma, whose parents are both senior officials in Ningxia, had a poor academic record but miraculously scored the highest among nearly 500 applicants for a government job in Ningxia upon his graduation in 2007.

Wang's letters did not prevent Ma from getting the job, but they did infuriate Ma. Ma reported Wang to Litong District on Oct. 15.

Consequently, Wang was detained for eight days, until his detention caused public outcry on the Internet.

At least partly because of pressure from the furious public, the Wuzhong Public Security Bureau said Wednesday they had decided to release Wang and remove two officials, including one of its deputy chiefs, in connection with the wrongful detention.

The bureau offered 1,000 yuan in compensation to Wang, based on the wage deducted by his employer during the eight-day detention.

But Wang and his lawyer Zhou Ze said Friday the amount is too little given the damage done to Wang and his family. They demanded 30,000 yuan in compensation in line with the state compensation law.

After Wang's detention, his father traveled from his hometown in east China's Jiangsu Province to Ningxia and then to Beijing, all the while fearing that he, too, would fall under police surveillance.

Wang took a train to Lanzhou Friday afternoon accompanied by a Wuzhong police officer who promised to restore Wang's reputation in front of his employer and colleagues.

Editor: Bi Mingxin
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