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Court rules that fine was illegal entrapment

A WHITE-COLLAR worker is celebrating after winning a lawsuit accusing Minhang District of using entrapment to catch illegal cabbies yesterday.

The district court ruled that the traffic law enforcement team should cover the 50 yuan (US$7.32) cost of the lawsuit, saying the department had imposed an illegal fine.

Zhang said he met a "hitchhiker" who claimed to have stomach pain and begged him for a ride on September 8.

When Zhang agreed, he said the stranger got into his vehicle and suddenly turned off the ignition and grabbed his keys after traveling a short distance.

Zhang said he was then dragged out of the car by men hiding nearby, had his driving license and car confiscated and was shown a penalty notice for operating an illegal taxi service.

Zhang's lawyer said he had no intention of being an illegal cabbie as his client had a stable, high-paying job. He just wanted to help a person seemingly in distress.


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