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People trafficker jailed for two years

A PEOPLE trafficker was sentenced to two years in prison today for attempting to smuggle two men abroad.

The verdict was the first to be ruled by a panel of one judge and two people's jurors after a hearing at Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People's Court.

Usually a three-member collegiate bench has just one people's juror.

The court heard Wang Song'en, 54, a Chinese with a residence permit in Luxemburg, gave two blank Schengen visas to enter Poland to his friend Huang Zheguang in May 2009. The visas were later proved to be stolen from the Polish Embassy.

Huang gave the visas to two Fujian Province natives, who wanted to steal into France to work, and snakehead Zhou Jiajie helped them.

On the night of May 9, 2009, the two Fujian men tried to take a plane to France with the visas and air tickets offered by Zhou but were caught at Pudong International Airport. Their three helpers, including Wang, were all seized later.

Wang begged for a lenient punishment, arguing that he introduced Huang to buy the visas from a friend and call Zhou for help. He didn't receive any money in the case.

Both the people's jurors questioned the defendant today. They discussed the case with the chief judge after the hearing and decided the verdict 15 minutes later.

"With more people's jurors attending the hearing, opinions of common people will be better respected and the verdict will be more fair and open," said Huang Xiangqing, deputy director of the court.


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