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Beijing Wheelchair Bomber Jailed For Six Years
A disabled Chinese man who set off a home-made explosive device at Beijing's international airport has been jailed for six years.
Ji Zhongxing, 34, who lost his left hand in the blast in July and appeared for his trial on a stretcher, was convicted of causing an explosion, according to a post on a verified social media account run by Beijing's court authorities.
The incident provoked an outburst of public sympathy for Ji, a former motorcycle driver who was confined to a wheelchair after reportedly being the victim of a brutal beating by police officers in the southern city of Dongguan in 2005.
Before the blast, Ji passed out leaflets highlighting his struggle to sue authorities for the attack and warned passers-by to move away.
Ji had "lost all hope with society" following an unsuccessful battle for compensation, Hong Kong media reported previously.
But the court said any actions to seek justice must be done in a "legal, rational and orderly manner".
The court authorities said in a separate post: "Any people must not infringe others' lawful rights or endanger public safety by taking extreme actions under the name of defending rights."
Academics have estimated that protests - about anything from abuse to corruption to pollution - top 180,000 a year in China, even as the government devotes vast sums to "stability maintenance".
But the legal paths open to Chinese people to pursue justice are limited.
Courts are subject to political influence and corruption, and a system meant to let citizens lodge complaints about authorities is ineffective, with petitioners routinely finding themselves detained.