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Officials raid homes of recalcitrant debtors

YAN Weiying, 35, was woken by judges and bailiffs at her home in Putuo District early yesterday and was detained for ignoring a court order to pay her debts.

Three other debtors in Putuo District were also detained by the district's People's Court yesterday morning. The four were all given 15 days of judicial detention.

According to Chinese law, judicial detention is issued against those who severely disturb judicial proceedings or refuse to obey a court order to pay private debts brought before the court.

One of the debtors said he did not realize the court would take such severe action over debts.

The district court sent out 10 teams of about 40 judges and bailiffs in the early morning to detain debtors at their homes. It was a surprise operation, the details of which most team members were unaware until minutes before they set out.

No resistance was reported in the morning action, but some targets were not at home and some teams returned empty-handed.

The court claimed most of their judicial detention targets were capable of paying the debt and more than 90 percent of them would do so after detention.

According to the court, if the debtors fail to pay their debt within a certain period after detention, their personal assets can be auctioned.


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