Beijing Airport Bomber Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

Only injured himself, was seeking redress over alleged beating by authorities


A man who took a bomb inside Beijing's airport in hopes of winning redress over an alleged beating by authorities that partially paralyzed him was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison for the explosion.

Former motorcycle taxi driver Ji Zhongxing went on trial last month for endangering public safety with a homemade bomb. Ji was the only person injured in the July 20 explosion, losing a hand. The attack drew widespread condemnation but also sympathy from many Chinese who said it shows the government ignores the powerless and marginalized.