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China's 'BMW killer' case upheld

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  • Doug Salzmann
    Who can say the PRC isn t making amazing progress? As in the West, if you want to kill people in modern China, it s best to choose an auto as your weapon.
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 29, 2004
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      Who can say the PRC isn't making amazing progress?

      As in the West, if you want to kill people in modern China, it's best
      to choose an auto as your weapon.



      China's 'BMW killer' case upheld

      A controversially lenient sentence for a wealthy Chinese woman whose
      BMW car ran over a peasant has been upheld.

      Su Xiuwen, who drove into a crowd last October, was originally
      sentenced to a suspended jail term.

      But popular anger at the ruling, and Mrs Su's political links,
      persuaded the government to review the case.

      A judicial panel has now decided the ruling was "appropriate", and
      agreed that Mrs Su had no ill intent, but instead was a bad driver.

      The case began last October when a tractor pulling a load of green
      onions scraped the side of Mrs Su's metallic-silver BMW in a crowded
      market in the northern city of Harbin.

      Mrs Su reportedly swore and hit out at the farmer and his wife who
      had got down from their tractor to apologise, then drove her car into
      the growing crowd on the roadside, killing the farmer's wife and
      injuring 12 others.

      Ms Su's two-year suspended sentence for what the judge ruled was an
      "accidental traffic disturbance" touched off rumours that her wealthy
      businessman husband was related to senior provincial officials.

      The rumours and unease spread particularly quickly via the internet,
      prompting local officials to agree to begin a comparatively rare
      review of the case.

      But the review panel, made up of provincial security and legal
      officials, has approved the court's judgement, according to the
      official Chinese news agency Xinhua.

      Xinhua said that allegations that Mrs Su's family tried to menace and
      bribe some witnesses, or that Mrs Su benefited from her links to
      provincial officials, had not been substantiated.
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