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Man wins compensation after police took his jade away

A local jade collector has won a lawsuit to recover his losses after a rare jade stone he bought at a price of 450,000 yuan (US$71,600) turned out to be a stolen object and was returned by police to its original owner, the Huangpu District People's Court said today.

The collector surnamed Huang said he bought the 37-kilogram Hetian jade stone from an arts and crafts market on Lishui Road in March 2009. He asked the shop owner surnamed Chen to cut and process the jade, the court heard.

Four months later, Huang was informed by police that his jade stone was in fact stolen from a victim. The thief, surnamed Zhang, was serving an 11-year jail term. All his illegal possessions must be returned to the victims.

After handing the stone to the police, Huang demanded his money back from the shop owner, but Chen refused. This led Huang to bring the case to a court last July.

Chen told the court that Zhang asked him to set a price on the jade and put it for sale in his shop because Zhang had no knowledge about jade. Chen insisted that he did not handle the payment and only acted as a middle man.

The court ruled that Chen must compensate Huang because there is no evidence showing he sold the stone for Zhang. Chen appealed to a higher court but was rejected.


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