Man kidnaps official over toilet outside home, jailed

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 12, 2012 11:40 hrs

Beijing, Dec 12 (IANS) A Chinese man has been jailed after he was found guilty of kidnapping an official in a bid to demolish a public toilet built in front of his house.

The accused held the deputy head of a county captive for 10 hours, the China Daily reported Wednesday.

Zhang Xiaowei, who kidnapped Li Yibo, deputy head of Yunhe county in Zhejiang province, was also fined 30,000 yuan.

In May, Zhang held Li captive in a room at the compound of the Communist party's county office, and demanded that the government demolish a toilet built in front of his house.

Police stormed the room and freed Li before subduing Zhang.

Zhang's lawyer said the act did not constitute kidnapping but was rather an illegal detention for petitioning.

Two years ago, Zhang was sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty of putting up posters on government buildings against the authorities.

Zhang was Tuesday sentenced to 11 years in prison, but said he will appeal to a higher court.

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