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China executes man who killed mother for an apartment
Chinese authorities executed a man on February 24 who brutally murdered his mother to claim an insurance payout to buy a flat.  Fu Bailian, 33, electrocuted, then bludgeoned his mother to death in March 2018 at her home in Zigong, in the southwestern province of Sichuan. Fu was found guilty of the crime in July 2019. The court heard that Fu killed his 56-year-old mother after having harbored resentment over her decision to live in Zigong, almost 1,500km away from his home in Guangzhou, southern China, making her unavailable to look after his child. Legal documents tendered to the court showed that Fu lacked the funds to buy a flat that he wanted and had taken out a personal accident insuran
Alleged criminal gang busted for piracy of foreign films and television
Shanghai police have busted an alleged criminal gang suspected of illegally supplying more than 20,000 Chinese and foreign television shows and films to its eight million online users. The gang of 14 alleged criminals worked with Renren Yingshi, a company that operates China’s largest subtitling site and has millions of followers around the world. China’s official mouthpiece, People’s Daily, reported the bust on its website on Wednesday, following a three-month investigation. “Investigations showed that the suspects set up several companies engaging in the distribution, operation and maintenance of the Renren Yingshi mobile app and a related web portal by setting up or leasing ser
Stricter stance: Kids that commit violent crimes in China face tough new laws
China’s top lawmakers are reviewing a plan this week to get tough on violent juvenile offenders and their parents after a spate of murders and violent assaults by children as young as 11 years old.  Not only is China considering lowering the age of criminal liability to 12, but a new draft amendment would expand the scope of crimes that a child can be charged with, notably to allow kids to be prosecuted for violent assaults.  The plan has been submitted to lawmakers and is currently being reviewed.  Separately, a draft for the Law on Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency wants to hold parents or guardians partly responsible for any violent crimes committed by their children. The draft legislat
Daughter helps mother reunite with parents 19 years after abduction
A daughter’s devotion and a dedicated group of internet volunteers have solved a decades-old mystery that shattered one family and haunted another. The daughter, Li Yantao, grew up wondering why her mother looked so different from everyone else in her village. She also spoke a language that nobody could understand. When she was 11 years old, Li found out the truth – her mother had been abducted and sold to her father as a bride five years before Li was born. Determined to help her mother return to her childhood home, Li started a 19-year journey of discovery. Now 30, that dream has come true, thanks to a group of keen internet users. Li learned her mother is 59 years old, of the Buyei ethni
Murder of the ‘perfect victim’ exposes societal failure to protect women against domestic violence
Having survived repeated beatings by her ex-husband, Lhamo, a young Tibetan woman, was turning her life around when the unthinkable happened.  On the evening of September 14, the man she had divorced less than three months ago made a surprise visit to her home on the edge of the Tibetan plateau in southwestern China. He was carrying a knife and a bucket of gasoline.  Tang Lu doused his ex-wife and set her on fire. Two weeks later, the 30-year-old mother of two died in a coma, with burns covering 90% of her body.  The killing has led to a moment of reckoning in a country that has struggled to curb violence against women, despite rising awareness of domestic abuse and recent legislation to pr
Retrial in case of a woman tortured to death because she could not get pregnant
A Chinese court is retrying the case of a woman who was tortured to death by her husband and in-laws because she could not get pregnant.  People criticized the “disproportionately light” punishment after the father-in-law was sentenced to three years in prison, the mother-in-law for 26 months and the husband got two years.  This sentencing came after the court heard that the family had abused Fang Yangyang for seven months before she died on January 31, 2019 at the age of 22. Fang died from serious injuries and malnutrition.  She had spent seven months in an ordeal of severe beatings, starvation, confinement and even being forced to stand outside for extended periods of time in frigid winter
Homicide in Canada cast new doubts on the Chinese group ‘Create Abundance’
All seems quiet now at the home surrounded by a three-meter hedge in an expensive neighborhood of South Surrey in Vancouver. But on June 17, the $2.2 million mansion was a hive of activity. Police cruisers were parked in the driveway alongside two Maseratis. Yellow caution tape blocked the entrances as officers came and went. At 5.30 am that day, 41-year-old Chinese immigrant Bo Fan had been dropped off outside the nearby Peace Arch Hospital. She was gravely injured – police have not described exactly how – and she died a few hours later. The investigation into the mysterious murder of Bo Fan has cast a spotlight on a Chinese-origin spiritual group called Create Abundance – also known as Gol
Kidnapped toddler reunited with family after 32 years
A man who was kidnapped as a child has been reunited with his parents after 32 years, bringing an end to one of China’s most notorious abduction cases. Mao Yin was two in 1988 when he disappeared in Xian, the capital of the northern province of Shaanxi, and was sold to another family who raised him as their own son. Mao, who was renamed Gu Ningning by his adoptive parents, was reunited with his mother and father – Li Jingzhi and Mao Zhenjing – on Monday at a press conference organized by the police and shown live on the state broadcaster CCTV. Mao, who now runs a home decoration business, was tracked down in early May by Xian police. They used facial recognition technology to analyze old ch
Elderly woman survives three days after son buries her alive
A man in northwest China has been detained after his 79-year-old mother was buried alive. The woman, who was partially paralyzed, was rescued after three days and is in a stable condition in a hospital in Shaanxi province, police said. Prosecutors in Jingbian county said the woman’s son, a 58-year-old identified only by his surname Ma, had been charged with attempted murder. On Tuesday his wife told local police that Ma had taken the bedridden woman named Wang away on a cart and she had not returned home. Police said the man had confessed to burying her in the woods and she was rescued later that day. “Ma was there when police were digging up the two-meter deep grave. He didn’t say anything
She was brutally murdered in the US. Now her life is remembered in film
Zhang Yingying was 26 years old when she left China for the US as a visiting scholar to study climate change on crop yields in mid-2017. Just six weeks after she arrived in a new country, with its unfamiliar culture and language, Zhang disappeared, never to be seen again. In June that year, police arrested a former physics PhD candidate, Brendt Christensen, after surveillance footage showed that Zhang had entered a car driven by him. A jury later found him guilty of murder and he was sentenced to life in a federal prison. Prosecutors said he raped her and murdered her using a baseball bat and a knife. Zhang’s disappearance sent shockwaves through Chinese students in the US. Before Christense