Airport bomber gets six years

Airport bomber gets six years

A man who set off a homemade bomb at Beijing Capital International Airport to protest the handling of a dispute that he alleges left him in a wheelchair was sentenced on Tuesday to six years in prison.

Ji Zhongxing, of Shandong province, was detained after his explosive device, which he made out of fireworks, went off outside the arrivals hall at Terminal 3 at 6:24 pm on July 20.

Ji lost his left hand in the blast, which also gave minor injuries to a police officer.

During his trial on Sept 17, the 33-year-old insisted the device exploded unexpectedly as he passed it from one hand to another, saying he was only trying to get the public's attention.

The court ruled Ji set off the explosion deliberately.

He "actively prepared before he came to Beijing" and "concealed the bomb to escape security checks", which shows the blast was "planned and premeditated", Chaoyang District People's Court said on Tuesday.

He was still holding the bomb when police came and showed no intent in avoiding an explosion, the court said.

Ji said he went to the airport to protest an unresolved dispute relating to an incident with two security guards in Dongguan, Guangdong province, in 2005 that he alleges put him in a wheelchair. Dongguan police said they are still investigating the incident.

Chaoyang District People's Court, however, said in its post that "citizens should safeguard their legal rights in a legal, rational and orderly manner".

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