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In Depth: How a Rich Child Rapist Bribed His Way Off Death Row

By Wang Heyan and Wang Xintong
2022年08月19日 20:17
The heinous saga of Zhang Chenggong spotlights the long-standing problem of corruption in China’s judicial and prison systems
Zhang Chenggong was detained in Henan province’s capital Zhengzhou on suspicion of rape in March 2021. He was executed in December. Photo: VCG

Zhang Chenggong should have been executed decades ago.

But the child rapist was able to get his sentence commuted, buy off prison officials and continue his business career — until his crimes finally caught up with him last year.

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