Lei Yang's family drops case after receiving compensation

By Liu Caiyu Source:Global Times Published: 2016/12/29 14:12:43

The family members of Lei Yang, the man who was accidentally killed during a police raid on a Beijing massage parlor in May, have dropped their case after being given an undisclosed amount as compensation, their lawyer confirmed on Thursday.

Chen Youxi, the attorney representing the victim's family, told the Global Times that Lei's family had decided to receive the compensation before they drop their case against five officers involved in the raid.

Rumors have it that the family received as much as 12 million yuan ($1.7 million), which Chen denied, saying that only Lei's family knows the actual amount given. 

Five police officers involved in the death of Lei Yang were fired after a local procuratorate decided not to file charges against them, according to a statement released Thursday on the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau's official Sina Weibo.

The bureau decided to remove Xing Yongrui, the deputy head of Dongxiaokou police station in Changping, and expel him from the Party. The other four police officers were also removed from their position, the statement said.

Six other police officers related to the raid have also been warned.

The Fengtai district procuratorate decided not to file charges, although the five police officers' behavior warranted charges, according to a statement released by a Beijing procuratorate on December 23.

The decision was made in consideration of the fact that Lei disrupted law enforcement, the breach of duty was minor and that the officers admitted and regretted their wrongdoing, said the statement.

The death of the 29-year-old Lei have provoked public outcry and raised suspicions over police brutality and abuse of power.

"The family decided to give up their case," Chen posted on his WeChat on Thursday. "We were under huge pressure and exhausted from the litigation, that we decided to drop the case," the family told Chen.

According to a statement Chen previously sent to the Global Times, the family had planned to file an appeal  after the Beijing procuratorate decided not to charge the officers, demanding that it "perform the function of supervision of the law by holding a public trial against all the suspects and severely punish the criminals."

Progress made by China's authority can be seen in Lei's case, as they are proactively releasing information of the case instead of blocking information, which led to public speculation and escalate tensions, according to a commentary posted on jcrb.com, a website under the Supreme People's Procuratorate on Saturday.


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