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A MAN in central China's Hubei Province has been detained for creating and spreading a rumor that the man standing trial for a deadly traffic accident in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province, was another man hired by the suspect's family.

Xiong Zhongjun, an unemployed resident of Hubei's Ezhou City, who used the online name "Liu Yiming," first posted the rumor online on July 21, the day after the driver Hu Bin was jailed for three years, Ezhou police told Xinhua news agency.

Hu, 20, a university student, was speeding in a sports car, when it struck Tan Zhuo, 25, on a pedestrian crossing on May 7. Tan flew 5 meters into the air before he hit the ground and died.

The identification rumor was widely spread among Netizens and caused an outcry, prompting the local court to clarify the man on trial was indeed the suspect, Hu.

Xiong, in the following days, published another eight posts showing "evidence" to support his claim.

Ezhou police detained Xiong for 10 days last Friday for making the false claims.


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