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False testimony in socks nets 3 years

A man who mailed false testimony inside socks to his condemned brother in prison, hoping he would lie to get a lighter sentence, was jailed for three years yesterday by the Qingpu District People's Court.

Wang Jianhui, 46, was caught by local police on a charge of impairing testimony in March last year after the socks were discovered. Prosecutors said Wang's brother was sentenced to death for murder on December 20, 2010 and was staying in the city's Qingpu Prison when his case went on an appeal.

To help his brother avoid the death penalty, Wang decided to teach him to deny accusations and make false testimony. Prosecutors said Wang wrote the messages and stuffed them inside two pairs of socks and mailed them with other daily items to the prison twice last year. Both pairs of socks were seized by police during a routine check, the court heard.


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