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Officials rapped over drivers' entrapment

TWO senior officials in Shanghai's Pudong New Area have been disciplined for their entrapment tactics used in a campaign against illegal cabs.

Pudong's vice governor Lu Xingyue and urban management director Wu Fukang were given warnings by the Municipal Bureau of Supervision, reported today.

The bureau made the decision and had it approved by the city government.

Lu and Wu released an investigation result based on wrong information provided by law enforcement officers charged with misconduct over the entrapment probe, the report said.

The result was later confirmed to have distorted the truth and misled the public, which damaged the government's image, according to the bureau.

Pudong New Area government officials admitted on October 26 that traffic authorities used entrapment to charge a company driver with operating an illegal cab, and they apologized to the public for investigative misconduct.

Sun Zhongjie, the 19-year-old driver employed by Shanghai Pangyuan Construction Machinery Engineering Co Ltd, was so disturbed about the allegation that he cut off part of a finger in a misguided attempt to prove his innocence.

Similar allegations had been raised by other drivers who claim the traffic watchdog, which is in the midst of a two-year crackdown that has generated millions of yuan in fines, used bounty hunters to manufacture false evidence.

The city will set up a special task force led by a deputy mayor to study transport operations and standardize law enforcement activities.


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