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Corruption in China- Even The Judges Can Be Bought

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 8, 2010

There is a recent case of a coal mine owner in China whose coal mine collapsed killing “Only Two people”. The owner allegedly bribed the judges and for his malfeasance only got one year.
This is China and it is sad. Here the cost of a human life is measured in tens or thousands of RMB, but not in the social cost, nor moral cost of what is happening here. It is as if everyone sees the prosperity and does not want to be left out, so they have left all moral decency and their moral compasses behind them.
To me, this shows the problems that China has in expansion and the void that is left in the country due to moral decay.

excerpt chinadaily:
“Recent news reports that exposed the collusion between some judges of a local court and a coalmine owner in Henan province have highlighted the need for effective self-regulation, or even independent oversight, of the nation’s judiciary. The coalmine owner reportedly bribed the judges in Yichuan county in exchange for a lenient sentence – one year in prison with a one-year reprieve – in a case where an accident at his mine killed two people.

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