Planet China

Sober as a judge?


Last week we reported on a drunken traffic cop who caused a road accident in a city in Sichuan. This week the inebriation moves up the ranks with news from Hunan province of a stewed judge. Video shared on social media showed the deputy judge at a court in Dongan county slumped in a drunken nap shortly after the start of a trial. An official statement later said that Wei Kayang had lunched with friends and consumed several bottles of liquor. During the afternoon trial he was “so inebriated he was unable to continue”, leading to chaotic scenes in the courtroom. The higher Yongzhou People’s Court later confirmed that the local authorities had started procedures to sack Wei who had “violated work discipline, impaired the image of a judge and caused abominable social damage”. All told, it sounds like Wei may have enjoyed his last liquid lunch as an official of the court.

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