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July 17, 2009

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Cuffing judge removed

A JUDGE who handcuffed a lawyer to a basketball hoop under the hot sun for 40 minutes has been removed from the bench in southwestern China's Yunnan Province.

The top lawmaker, the Standing Committee of the People's Congress, removed Hong Meng, a judge in Chengjiang County People's Court.

The incident occurred when the lawyer, surnamed He, was representing a defendant in a land dispute case last Friday, according to a report issued by the higher Yuxi Intermediate People's Court yesterday.

He found one of his defense suggestions, though denied by the judge, had not been included in the record of proceedings. He refused to sign the record and added his suggestion to the document himself, which angered the judge.

Hong ordered the court police to remove He from the courtroom and handcuff him to a basketball hoop in the courtyard. He was only released after standing in the hot sun for 40 minutes.

"Hong failed to treat the litigant with dignity and ignored laws before our court. It was egregious and illegal," said the report, according to Xinhua news agency.

He made no comments on the judge's dismissal, yet he has filed an indictment against Hong for insulting him and denying him his legal rights.


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