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Lawyer cuffed to basketball hoop to indict judge

A LAWYER in southwest China said he would file an indictment against a judge who allegedly handcuffed him to a basketball hoop and left him there in the hot sun for 40 minutes.

The judge, Hong Meng, from the Chengjiang County People's Court in Yunnan Province's Yuxi City, was reportedly angered when the lawyer, surnamed He, refused to sign a record of a court hearing on Friday because it omitted one of the lawyer's objections, yesterday's Beijing Times reported.

Hong Meng ordered the court police to remove He from the courtroom and handcuff him to a basketball hoop in the courtyard, the report said.

He was only released after standing in the hot sun for 40 minutes, when the court's vice director, Hong Jiajing, heard what had happened and ordered his release.

The court's superior, the Yuxi City People's Intermediate Court, was ordered to investigate and said it's considering punishing the judge and others involved.

He was representing a defendant in a land dispute case on Friday when he suggested adding the plaintiff's daughter-in-law as one of the parties in the case. The suggestion was turned down by Hong Meng.

When it came to signing the record of the proceedings, He found his suggestion was not included in the record. He refused to sign and added his suggestion to the document, which enraged the judge.

Yuxi and Chengjiang courts officials and Hong Meng have visited He and apologized.

But He has not forgiven the judge, who he described in the indictment as "having committed a crime" by insulting him and denying him his legal rights. He planned to hand the indictment to the Yunnan Provincial People's Procuratorate.

"I am asking the procuratorate to file a lawsuit," he wrote in the indictment. "The judge, while detaining me by handcuffing me for 40 minutes, also confiscated my mobile phone and deleted some information I had stored there."


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