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China court jails four security officials over watermelon vendor's death: Xinhua

Published on Dec 28, 2013 3:29 PM

SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - A Chinese court jailed four security officials for up to 11 years over the death of a watermelon vendor, the official Xinhua news agency reported, in an incident that triggered public outcry over perceived abuses of power by city patrols.

Deng Zhengjia, 56, died after a fight with the security officials in the south-central province of Hunan in July.

Deng and his wife had been trying to sell watermelons at a scenic spot by a river where such activity was apparently banned, according to Xinhua.

A court in Hunan found the four men guilty of intentionally assaulting Deng and sentenced them to jail terms ranging from three-and-a-half to 11 years, the report late on Friday said.

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