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Jiang Tianyong detained

The wife and father of prominent human rights campaigner Jiang Tianyong (江天勇) say police have told the family that he has been formally arrested and has dismissed his lawyers. Jiang disappeared in November last year, after publicizing the plights of the families of lawyers who had been detained in a crackdown on rights campaigners. State media later said he was accused of inciting subversion of state power, a common charge against those viewed as challenging the Chinese Communist Party’s monopoly on power. Jiang’s wife, Jin Bianling (金變玲), yesterday said that police officials in Changsha handed over a statement from Jiang dismissing his family-appointed lawyers. Jin said she believes the statement was written by Jiang under duress.


Angry driver kills 13

Police say a disgruntled driver started a fire aboard his school bus last month that killed 13 people, including 11 children from China and South Korea. A statement from the city government of Weihai (威海) says the driver, who caused an incident on May 9, had apparently been angered by the halting of his overtime bonus and night work pay.


Premier’s guard keeps job

A police officer assigned to protect the prime minister has managed to keep his job despite leaving his gun in a public bathroom at the nation’s parliament, and then enlisting a colleague to drive back and retrieve it. Police yesterday released the results of their yearlong investigation into the incident in June last year. In their report, they said the officer made a genuine mistake by leaving his Glock service pistol in the bathroom, but should have dealt with it differently.

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