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Suspected antique thieves face charges

TWO suspected thieves caught with millions of yuan worth of antiques and books from the former residence of late scholar Ji Xianlin are related to his former secretary, the scholar's son told today's Beijing Evening News.

Beijing police have detained the two suspects and recovered all the stolen items, the newspaper said.

Ji Xianlin's former home at the campus in Peking University where he had worked was ransacked last Wednesday with the balcony window smashed, according to earlier media reports.

The two suspects were related to Li Yujie, Ji's former secretary, his son Ji Cheng told Beijing Evening News.

One of them is Fang Xianru, the former butler Li had hired for Ji Xianlin, and the other is Wang Ru who claimed to be Li's adoptive daughter, according to Ji.

Ji Xianlin, an oriental studies professor at the university from 1946 to 1983, died on July 11 at the age of 98 in Beijing. He could speak 12 languages.


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