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Libel blogger Song given pay deadline

SONG Zude, a blogger notorious in China for spreading celebrity scandals, has been ordered to report to a local district court on Monday and pay compensation to the widow of the late film director Xie Jin, the court ordered yesterday.

Song and his twin brother blogging partner had claimed that Xie died while having sex with a prostitute, a claim the court found false and libelous.

If Song doesn't appear by that time, judges of Jing'an District People's Court will take actions to enforce the court order. If Song resists the enforcement, he will be fined, detained or even jailed, the court proclamation said.

Xu Dawen, the 84-year-old widow, has confirmed that she has received 118,000 yuan (US$17,280) in compensation with the help of the court judges. The twin brothers have been ordered to pay the rest, some 190,000 yuan in compensation and interest.

The court ruled at the end of last year that Song Zude and his brother Liu Xinda should pay about 290,000 yuan in compensation to Xu and publish an apology at a number of news Websites and newspapers to restore Xie's reputation.

The verdict was later upheld by a local appeal court.

On the morning of October 18, 2008, the 85-year-old director was found dead from a heart attack in a hotel in his hometown, Shangyu City in Shanghai's neighboring Zhejiang Province.

Controversy ensued when Song posted an article on his blog saying that Xie had called a prostitute and died during sex at the hotel.

The alleged witness was Liu, who said he was in the room next to Xie's.


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