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Forbidden City robber gets 13-year jail term

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13:42, March 19, 2012

Shi Baikui is on trial March 19, 2012 for stealing art pieces from the Forbidden City last year, at the Second Intermediate People's Court in Beijing, capital of China. Shi Baikui, 27, was sentenced to 13 years in prison, fined 13,000 yuan (2,059 U.S. dollars) and was deprived of his political rights for three years, according to the ruling announced by the Second Intermediate People's Court in Beijing Monday morning. Shi, from east China's Shandong Province, broke into the heavily guarded former home of Chinese emperors in the heart of Beijing, and stolen nine art pieces made of gold and jewels, on May 8, 2011, the court said in a statement. (Xinhua/Gong Lei)

BEIJING, March 19 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese farmer got 13-year jail term Monday for stealing art pieces from the Forbidden City last year, court authorities said.

Shi Baikui, 27, was fined 13,000 yuan (2,059 U.S. dollars) and was deprived of his political rights for three years, according to the ruling announced by the Second Intermediate People's Court in Beijing Monday morning.

Shi, from eastern Shandong Province, broke into the heavily guarded former home of Chinese emperors in the heart of Beijing, and stolen nine art pieces made of gold and jewels, on May 8, 2011, the court said in a statement.

While hastily escaping, Shi left behind five of the pieces in the Forbidden City's compound. Failing to immediately sell the treasures, he threw the other four pieces away the next day, the document said.

Six pieces were recovered and the three missing were estimated to be worth 150,000 yuan (23,760 U.S. dollars) in total.

Shi was apprehended by police at an Internet cafe in Beijing's Fengtai district 58 hours after the theft.

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Fat-Chun Leung Ki at 2012-03-19188.61.105.*
This is a heavy sentence for stealing, considering specially that he was a farmer and not armed. Most probably there are some master-minds behind him. On the other hand Wang Lijun (王立军), who defected and seek asylum in the US consulate in 重庆. He seems not to have any problem with the law. This is a serious act for a high-level state official, putting state security at high risk. What he had told the American is certaily full of State secrets and probably would never be publicly revealed. He should be put on a public trial and received due punishment of the Law of the land. It is really disgraceful act unimaginable it could ever have happened. He has created an unhealthy precedent.
  

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