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Killer cop gets reprieve from death

A DRUNK policeman who shot dead a driver in a dispute in southwest China's Yunnan Province has been granted leniency by the provincial higher court after a second trial.

Yunnan People's Higher Court today gave a two-year reprieve to the death sentence handed down to Ji Zhongchun, 42, a police officer with Mengzi County Public Security Bureau, Xinhua news agency reported.

That means Ji will evade execution if he behaves well in the reprieve period. But he still had to pay 100,000 yuan (US$14,600) compensation to the victim's family as the higher court upheld the civil penalty issued by the Intermediate People's Court of Hani-Yi Autonomous Prefecture of Honghe.

The higher court offered leniency because Ji had stayed on the scene after the accident, which was regarded as surrender.

Ji was backing his car while drunk on February 13 in a residential complex when Pan Jun, 40, claimed the officer had scratched his car. Pan assaulted Ji, who then pulled out his gun and shot Pan three times, the report said


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