Friday, August 7, 2009
Here's some more information on Xu Zhiyong's detention:
First, a profile of Xu by journalist Susan Jakes.
Second, here's a Twitter feed set up by Gongmeng (Xu's organization) where you can follow developments in the case.
Rebecca MacKinnon has kindly permitted me to reprint the following instructions for accessing Twitter in China:
Tweetdeck (http://tweetdeck.com/), Twhirl (http://www.twhirl.org/) and Twitterific (http://iconfactory.com/software/twitterrific/)
Monday, August 3, 2009
Article 48 of China's Criminal Law states that the death penalty is to be against only those criminals who commit the most heinous of crimes (死刑只适用于罪行极其严重的犯罪分子). Apparently drunken drivers who commit negligent homicide now rank up there with professional hitmen and serial killers who torture their victims - at least according to the Intermediate Court of Chengdu, Sichuan, as reported here. An aggravating circumstance is that the driver was unlicensed. He did apparently stick around at the scene, however (as reported here). He was convicted of endangering public safety.
Obviously, negligent homicide through drunken driving by a guy who didn't even have a license is not a good thing. But if that's "the most heinous of crimes," it's setting the bar pretty low.