Man involved in scandal released and offered compensation
A man wrongly detained for exposing a job scandal that involved an official’s son was offered compensation and given and public apology by police in northwestern China. Wang Peng who works for the Gansu provincial library was offered 3,000 yuan compensation for psychological trauma by the public security bureau of Wuzhong City.
The state compensation of 1,003 yuan paid last month, is short of Wang’s demand of 30,000 yuan in compensation. Wang’s lawyer said his client rejected the compensation and will apply for a ruling in the Wuzhong Intermediate People’s Court. The Litong public security bureau is also set to give a public apology in a local newspaper.
Wang was taken from his office in Gansu provincial capital by police and held for eight days before released due to public outcry. In 2007 wang wrote an anonymous letter saying his roommate Ma Jingjing cheated in the civil service recruitment program. Wang said Ma have poor academic records and failed many tests but scored highest in 500 candidates that applied for government post in the Ningxia capital in Yinchuan. Wang said Ma’s parents were senior officials and might have used their power to get a job for their son.
Wang wrote more letters and posted some in the internet which led to his detention. Wang’s father and his friends posted his experience on the internet which generated massive public outcry that led to his release. The posting is followed closely by the media that investigates police abuse and privileges of the second generation of government officials.