Disabled bomber formally arrested

AFP-JIJI

A disabled man who bombed Beijing’s international airport to protest police brutality has been formally arrested, his lawyer said Tuesday, in a case that highlighted popular resentment toward low-level authorities.

Ji Zhongxing, a 33-year-old wheelchair-bound former driver who said a 2005 beating left him paralyzed, set off a small explosion on July 20, destroying his hand and injuring an officer.

He was arrested Monday on suspicion of bombing, his lawyer, Liu Xiaoyuan, said, adding that the act carries a potential sentence of three to 10 years in prison because it caused little damage.

Ji had for years sought redress for his condition, lodging formal complaints and suing unsuccessfully for compensation.