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Han pulls back on defamation suit

HAN Han, a popular young author and race-car driver, withdrew one of his two lawsuits against "science cop" Fang Zhouzi yesterday, claiming he did not want any regular netizens involved in the case.

The Putuo District People's Court approved the withdrawal yesterday and said Han's lawyer applied to withdraw the case just one day after the court accepted it.

Tao Xinliang, a member of Han's lawyer team, said Han decided to withdraw the suit because it also brought Liu Zeming, a netizen who had commented on Han's incident, as a second defendant.

"Han said he didn't want any ordinary netizens to be involved in the case because they just commented or forwarded microblogs," said Tao on his microblog yesterday morning. "Our only appeal for Liu is to delete his comments."

Tao applied for a withdrawal on Friday but said Han will continue his defamation lawsuit against Fang in the city's Jinshan District People's Court.

However, Xu Yongqi, an official with the Jinshan court, said Han filed a lawsuit last Monday but took back all the materials on Friday.

"So far, we haven't received a second appeal or more materials from Han," said Xu.

Han locked horns with Fang during the Spring Festival after Fang, who earned his "science cop" nickname by exposing scientific fraud, accused Han of hiring ghostwriters to pen his novels and sustain his literary output.

The incident has sparked a heated online discussion among netizens who take sides backing up Han or questioning the young writer.

While Han's supporters admire his courage to safeguard his rights, some netizens said they were quite disappointed at Han and his lawyer team.


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