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Former Beijing judge imprisoned for accepting bribes

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Former Beijing judge Song Jie says she handled the case by following the instructions of her superior, who has also been sentenced.   © Reuters

A former Beijing judge has been sentenced to four years in prison for wrongfully handling a 2015 case that has since been found to involve a criminal gang which escaped justice by offering bribes to public officials in law enforcement and the court system.

Song Jie, who presided at the Beijing Yanqing District Court, in April was jailed for the crime of "bending the law for selfish ends" by the Beijing Changping District Court, following the first of two related trials. The court determined that Song accepted 78,800 yuan ($12,162) in bribes and made decisions that led to the wrongful sentencing of a defendant who was a scapegoat for a criminal gang.

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