Former Chongqing village official, Ren Jianyu, has decided to continue his quest for justice after being confined for more than a year without trial, after a local court dismissed his initial lawsuit on Tuesday.
After the court hearing, Ren, 25, said he was "depressed, but not entirely surprised", because the court had briefed him about what they may do with the case.
At a small restaurant, Ren Jianyu has his first meal on Monday after his release from a re-education labor camp in Yongzhou, Chongqing. [Photo/China Daily]
Last September, Chongqing Laojiao Committee sentenced Ren, then a village official who was about to become a formal civil servant, to two years in confinement for his spreading more than 100 pieces of "negative comments and information" about current affairs and domestic political reform on his micro blog and QQ, a Chinese instant messaging service.
Ren's sentence came amid a citywide crime crackdown initiated by former Chongqing Party chief Bo Xilai. Bo was sacked in March this year for severe disciplinary violations.
Ren decided to file a lawsuit against the committee in August, and was released on Monday after serving about half of the term as the committee said the decision was "inappropriate".
Ren's case has, again, prompted speculation on the disputed laojiao system, or re-education through labor, which can take a person's freedom for up to four years without a trial according to rules and regulations in China.