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Drag-race victim's father posts appeal

THE father of the victim of a fatal drag race in eastern China has petitioned the prosecutors to appeal against the sentence imposed on the 20-year-old defendant.

The father based his appeal on two fronts - doubts about the defendant's identity and the "leniency" of the prison term.

Tan Yue, father of Tan Zhuo, mailed his petition last Friday, China News Service reported yesterday.

The Xihu District People's Procuratorate in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province, said yesterday it had accepted the petition and would take it into account.

On July 20, Xihu District People's Court sentenced Hu Bin to three years' jail, the highest penalty for vehicular manslaughter.

Hu was driving a sports car on the night of May 7 this year when he hit Tan. The victim flew 5 meters into the air before he hit the ground and died.

However, with photos of the court hearing released, many Netizens questioned the identity of the man who stood trial.

He reportedly appeared different from the man photographed on the night of the fatality.

Tan Yue also thought the man he met in court was unlike the one in newspaper photos.

Some Netizens claimed Hu's family hired a taxi driver, Zhang Lica, as a double and Hu Bin had fled to South Korea for plastic surgery.

Pan Bo, the chief judge in the case, described this accusation as "ridiculous," Nanfang Daily reported.

Pan said Hu Bin spent most of his time in detention eating and sleeping, meaning he put on weight.

He also confirmed Hu's identity because all the judicial procedures involved were correct.

Tan Yue reportedly has decided to petition for a judicial review in a higher court if the district procuratorate refuses to appeal. The prosecutors office must reply to Tan within five working days, according to Chinese criminal law procedures.


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