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Rapists jailed for 11 years in retrial

TWO police assistants who raped two drunken high school girls in east China's Zhejiang Province were jailed for 11 years and 11 1/2 years respectively today in a new trial by Huzhou City Intermediate People's Court.

The two men, surnamed Qiu and Cai, received the minimum three years in jail for raping the teenagers in their first trial on October 19 at Nanxun District People's Court, China News Service reported today.

The district court said it offered the lenient sentence because the two officers "conducted the crime on the spur of the moment," they turned themselves in afterward and the victim forgave them - an explanation that sparked a public uproar.

According to Chinese criminal law, two rapists are charged with a felony and deserve imprisonment of more than 10 years.

After reviewing the case, the city's intermediate court decided to abolish the first verdict and reopen the trial on November 6.

The intermediate court said Qiu and Shen invited two young women to dinner on July 10 and raped them at a local hotel after the women got drunk.

The teen's father learned about it and reported it to Shanlian Police Station later that night.

A team of officials from the city's Party discipline authorities also investigated possible corruption in the case.

A vice director surnamed Chen of Shanlian Police Station has been dismissed. The case's chief prosecutor surnamed Zheng with Nanxun District People's Procuratorate Office, and the case's chief judge surnamed Guo with Nanxun District People's Court, were also removed from their positions and got demerit points. A vice director surnamed Xuan of the district court also received an administrative demerit.


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