“An Absurd Decision Reflects A Crisis of Confidence in the Judicial System”
Translated by Donald Clarke
At 1:30 p.m. on March 19, 2004, the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate Court handed down its appellate ruling in the administrative case of Li Jian versus the Beijing Municipal Communications Regulation Bureau (CRB). It rejected his appeal “according to the law” and upheld the administrative ruling of the Xuanwu court. This “legally effective” ruling is no different from declaring that in the face of certain government actions that abuse power, citizens don’t even have the right to sue!
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