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China police chief 'apologises to rape victim's mother' in court

Published on Jul 2, 2013 4:47 PM
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Ms Tang Hui, the mother of a young rape victim, stands in the reception room of the Hunan provincial high court in Changsha, central China's Hunan province on July 1, 2013. A Chinese police chief who sent Ms Tang to hard labour apologised to her during a court hearing on Tuesday over compensation, media reports said. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese police chief who sent the mother of a rape and kidnap victim to hard labour apologised to her during a court hearing on Tuesday over compensation, media reports said.

Ms Tang Hui's sentencing to 18 months in a "re-education through labour" camp for demanding her daughter's attackers be punished sparked widespread public outrage in August last year, prompting her release just a week later and unleashing criticism of the system.

"The head of the re-education through labour committee appeared in court and apologised for not acting with enough humanity or care," the Beijing Times reported.

Mr Jiang Jianxiang also promised to "continue to coordinate with the local government to care for and look after Tang", it said.

 
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