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U.S. Citizen Faces Death Penalty in China for 2021 Ningbo Murder

The American citizen was sentenced in the Ningbo murder case that drew widespread attention last year.

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On Thursday, April 21, Chinese media outlets reported about a court case in which a China-based American citizen was sentenced to death for the murder of a Chinese woman in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province.

The defendant, Shadid Abdul Mateen (沙迪德·阿布杜梅亭), was sentenced at the Ningbo Intermediate People’s Court in Zhejiang Province on Thursday. He was found guilty of first-degree intentional homicide.

Image via Beijing Toutiao.

This case has received a lot of public attention in China, where it was previously referred to as the “June 14 foreign-related criminal case.”

On the evening of June 14, 2021, a young woman was fatally stabbed in the woods near Shiji Avenue. Four days later, local authorities issued an official statement regarding the detainment of the suspect, a non-Chinese foreign national, who had allegedly already confessed to the crime.

At the time, the case sparked a wave of anti-foreigner and racist comments on Weibo, where many speculated that the suspect was an African American male teacher at the Ningbo Institute of Engineering, the same school where the victim was a student.

Former Global Times editor Hu Xijin condemned the murder in a June 18 Weibo post, in which he then also argued that public opinion should avoid focusing on the nationality and race of the suspect.

Following the wave of discussions and speculations regarding the incident at the time, many posts and hashtags were taken offline.

According to today’s reports about the case, the defendant met the 21-year-old victim, Chen, in early 2019. The two developed a romantic relationship, but when Chen wanted to break up in May of 2021 she was threatened by the defendant, who did not want to break off their relationship.

On the night of the incident, Shadid Abdul Mateen and Chen reportedly met up to talk around 8pm near the Qingshuiqiao Intersection bus stop at Tongtu Road. The defendant had a knife with him, and stabbed Chen in the neck area multiple times around 9.48pm that same night. Chen also suffered stab and cut wounds in the face and died from blood loss.

News of the defendant getting the death sentence was widely shared on Chinese social media, where thousands of commenters supported the court’s decision. One hashtag about the topic (#美国籍被告人故意杀人案一审被判死刑#) received 110 million views within hours after it was first posted online.

The official account of the Communist Youth League also responded to the verdict, posting a photo of the news topic and just writing: “Death sentence!” with a smiley next to it. Others agree with the post, writing: “Finally, some good news.”

By Manya Koetse

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Anger over Guangzhou Anti-Epidemic Staff Picking Locks, Entering Homes

While these Guangzhou homeowners were quarantined at a hotel, anti-epidemic staff broke their door locks and entered their homes.

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Dozens of homeowners in Guangzhou, Guangdong, were angered to find out the locks of their apartment doors were broken during their mandatory hotel quarantine.

The residents had gone to a quarantine location after a positive Covid case in their building. Afterward, anti-epidemic staff had entered their homes for disinfection and to check if any residents were still inside.

The incident happened earlier this month in an apartment complex in the Liwan district of the city.

The incident first gained attention on July 10 when various videos showing the broken door locks were posted online. During the morning, the property management had conducted an ’emergency inspection’ of 84 households. The doors were later sealed.

The case went trending again on July 18 when the residential district apologized to all homeowners for the break-ins and promised to compensate them.

“What’s the use of apologizing?” some Weibo commenters wondered. “Where is the law? If this even happens in Guangzhou now and people in Guangdong put up with this, what else will they dare to do in the future?”

On Chinese social media, most comments on the Guangzhou incident were about the break-ins allegedly being unlawful.

Media reporter and Toutiao author Kai Lei (@凯雷), who has over two million followers on Weibo, said the incident showed that those breaking in “had no regard for the law.”

To read more about Covid-19 in China, check our articles here.

By Manya Koetse
With contributions by Miranda Barnes

 

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Shanghai Ruijin Hospital Stabbing Incident

The police opened fire and subdued the suspect, who stabbed at least four people at Shanghai’s Ruijin Hospital on Saturday.

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On Saturday July 9, a stabbing incident that occurred at Shanghai’s renowned Ruijin Hospital (上海瑞金医院) shocked Chinese netizens as videos showing the panic and chaos at the scene circulated in Wechat groups and on Weibo.

At around 11:30 AM the police department started receiving calls that there was someone stabbing people at the hospital, which is located in the city’s Huangpu district. At the scene of the incident, at the 7th floor of the outpatient clinic, they found a knife-wielding man holding a group of people hostage.

According to police reports, the police opened fire and subdued the suspect. Four people who were injured during the knife attack are now being treated, none of them are in a life-threatening situation.

The case is currently under investigation.

According to The Paper, Ruijin Hospital resumed its outpatient services at 14:08 this afternoon.

This is the second stabbing incident in Shanghai this week. On Monday, a man was arrested after going on a random stabbing spree in Shanghai’s Jing’an District.

While some Shanghai residents say the recent incidents made them feel less safe, others praise the fast police response to the incident.

One doctor from Shanghai posted on Weibo that hospitals should have proper security checks in place in order to prevent these kinds of incidents from happening again in the future.

By Manya Koetse
With contributions by Miranda Barnes

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