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Case of the 'vanishing signature'

IN a mystery that would perplex Perry Mason, a Shanghai court heard a case about a "vanishing signature."

The plaintiff surnamed Jiang is demanding that his ex-business partner Pan return his investment of 800,000 yuan (US$117,820). But, the defendant said in court yesterday that he had returned Jiang's money and then accused his ex-partner of intentionally using a disappearing-ink pen when he signed the agreement to end their partnership.

Pan's lawyer Wu Hualiang called the lawsuit a fraud after a judicial appraiser previously ruled that Jiang had signed the agreement.

Hongkou District People's Court didn't give a verdict yesterday.

Jiang sued Pan on May 17, asking Pan to return his investment of 800,000 yuan. Pan argued that he paid Jiang, but his signature had vanished on the deal that proved it.

The two sides agreed to apply for a judicial appraisal on the signature.

The appraiser ruled that Jiang had signed his name and date on the agreement, but that the color had faded away.

Jiang rejected the appraisal during the hearing.


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