On December 17, Xu Xin, a defense lawyer for the retrial of Sichuan juvenile Liu Daweis online purchase of 24 simulated guns sentenced to life imprisonment case, told Red Star News that he received a telephone call from Fujian Provincial High Court on the evening of December 16. Liu Daweis retrial was scheduled to start on December 18, 2018, and the verdict was cancelled because of a judges temporary illness. The specific time for the retrial was announced separately.
Xu Xin said that the Fujian Provincial High Court also said that although the hearing was cancelled, it would arrange for the hearing to be adjudicated as soon as possible.
Liu Dawei Red Star News Pictures
Earlier, Red Star News reported that Liu Daweis arms smuggling case would be handed down at 9:00 on December 18, 2018 in Zhangzhou Intermediate Court.
In July 2014, 18-year-old Liu Dawei purchased 24 simulation guns online for more than 30,000 yuan earned from working. At the end of September, he was arrested on suspicion of smuggling weapons. The following year, Liu Dawei was sentenced to life imprisonment and detained in Zhangzhou Prison, Fujian Province. His parents came to work in Ningde, not far from Zhangzhou, and began a long appeal process.
On October 18, 2016, the Fujian Provincial High Court made a retrial decision, believing that Liu Dawei was sentenced to life imprisonment in the original trial, and the sentencing was obviously inappropriate. In the court hearing at that time, the prosecution considered Liu Daweis sentence too heavy unreasonable. At the same time, the prosecution believed that there was no obvious error in the original judgment. The case did not apply to the previous two Gaogaos Approval and Sentencing of Criminal Cases of Firearms and Air Guns Driven by Compressed Gas (hereinafter referred to as Approval and Respond).
Juvenile online shopping simulation gun sentenced to life trial lawyer: evidence flawed
Sichuan teenager Liu Dawei bought 24 simulation guns online and was sentenced to life on the first trial for smuggling weapons. Over the next three years, the case went through a tortuous process of maintaining the original judgment in the final trial of the second instance, appealing for retrial by lawyers, starting retrial in Fujian High Court, holding retrial sessions and postponing the retrial judgment. Liu Dawei has also been detained for four years and four months.