Six people were sentenced for stealing a tomb at a construction site in Yongwai District of Beijing. The coffins of the Qing Dynasty had been destroyed

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 Six people were sentenced for stealing a tomb at a construction site in Yongwai District of Beijing. The coffins of the Qing Dynasty had been destroyed


On January 8, 2019, a defendant was identified at the scene. Video screen capture

Six people were found robbing graves and destroying coffins

On October 14 this year, six persons involved in the case, Li Wei (pseudonym), Song Xian (pseudonym), Zhang San (pseudonym), were tried in the peoples Court of Dongcheng District, Beijing. The youngest is 34 years old and the oldest is 45 years old. Their education level is junior high school or below.

The excavated tomb is located in Yongwai District, Dongcheng District, Beijing. It is a construction site. According to the statement of the person on the record, the information was provided by Li Wei. He sent a message to other accomplices, saying that there might be a tomb near Jingtai road in Yongdingmen bridge. Let them have a look.

On October 23, the Beijing News reporter learned from the Dongcheng procuratorate that the case occurred in the evening of January 1, 2019, but Li Wei and others did not dig up the baby. As soon as they dug out the hole, their tools hit the top of the coffin, and they were found by the on-the-spot patrol, and two of them were arrested on the spot.

The first one to be found was Mr. Zhu, an archaeologist.

Mr. Zhu mentioned in the testimony of the witness that at 21:40 on the same day, when he was patrolling the archaeological exploration site of a block in Wangtan, Yongwai District, Dongcheng District, he found that four people were smashing the ground with sticks. He immediately informed the leader.

About 20 minutes later, a leader of the Institute of archaeology arrived with security. Zhu said that at that time, the security guards yelled why? after hearing the sound, the four people fled in panic, and two of them were arrested by the security guards.

Zhu said that they had dug a big hole in the ground. When the four people fled, the stick like object thrown away was a 2-meter steel drill rod used to explore the tomb. The head was pointed and the tail was a t shaped handle.

The scene of the crime is located in the buried area of underground cultural relics in Yongwai area. In 2011, the notice and annex of the fourth batch of underground cultural relics burial area in Beijing mentioned that since the founding of new China, a large number of tombs of the Warring States period, Tang Dynasty and Ming and Qing dynasties have been excavated, and precious cultural relics such as bronze sword, bronze mirror and seal of Warring States period have been unearthed in this area, which is of great significance for understanding and studying the historical evolution of Youzhou city in Tang Dynasty and Nancheng area of Beijing.

A deep pit at the site of the tomb robbery. Photos provided by interviewees

Confession

During the trial, six defendants pleaded guilty in court. They had no objection to the facts and charges charged by the public prosecution organ, and did not defend them.

As for the process of the case, according to the defendants confession, at about 19:00 on the day of the incident, Song Xian received a short message from Zhang San: abductor (Li Weis nickname) called to say that there was some work for the Cultural Relics Bureau, so we should go. Song Xi replied, is it true? If it is true, we will go..

According to Song Xians confession, in the evening of that day, they went to a construction site near the South Second Ring Road (a plot of Wangtan in Yongwai area). The car stopped at the side of the road in the construction site, Zhang San didnt get off. Song Xian and an accomplice took a steel drill rod from the co drivers seat. After entering the construction site, they saw two people over Li Weis side holding the steel rod and were stabbing on the ground. Song Xian and his accomplices also took a steel rod to pierce the ground, and heard someone say, there may be something below..

The steel drill rod is a special tool for exploring tombs. According to the confession of Song Xian, the steel chisel he took was about the thickness of a pencil. One end was pointed, about 1.5 meters long, silver white. We use steel rods to detect whether the underground space is empty. If it is empty, there will be something.

About 20 minutes later, they dug a narrow wooden board (coffin). Before they could open it, Song Xians accomplices received a wechat from the sentinel saying that the security guard was coming. During the escape process, Song Xian and another defendant were controlled, and the other several persons involved in the case were arrested successively on January 4 and 5, 2019.

According to the prosecution, the six defendants have violated the national cultural relics management system and privately excavated ancient tombs of historical value, all of which constitute the crime of excavating ancient tombs.

A deep pit at the site of the tomb robbery. Photos provided by interviewees

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All six were sentenced for the crime of excavating ancient tombs

According to the appraisal report of the cultural relics involved in the case, the stolen tomb was a wooden coffin with an opening position of about 1 m from the surface. According to the stratum accumulation and the existing shape, the tomb was dated to the late Qing Dynasty, which has certain historical value.

Experts believe that the opening and depth of the excavation site are large and deep, and a large number of coffins are broken and scattered, seriously disturbing the integrity of the tomb. The stolen tombs belong to the civilian tombs in the late Qing Dynasty. The coffins were destroyed, which had an irreversible impact on the body and value of the tombs.

According to the courts trial, the six defendants in this case, based on their respective division of labor, cooperated with each other, jointly carried out the act of robbing ancient tombs, destroyed the national cultural relics management system, and secretly excavated ancient tombs with historical value, all of which constituted the crime of excavating ancient tombs.

(function(){( window.slotbydup=window .slotbydup||[]).push({id:u5811557,container:ssp_ 5811557, async:true }The defendant was found as soon as he dug the coffin, and the circumstances were relatively minor; he did not steal property or profit. In this regard, the court held that according to the provisions of the criminal law, the crime of robbing ancient tombs does not require the perpetrator to actually steal property. As long as the act of excavating ancient tombs with historical, artistic and scientific value is carried out, the crime of robbing ancient tombs can be completed. In addition, in view of the six defendants pleading guilty, the court gave them lighter punishment according to law, and the relevant defense opinions of the defenders were adopted. Therefore, the first instance division of Dongcheng court sentenced six defendants, including Li Wei, from two years and one month to ten months a year, with a fine ranging from 6000 yuan to 4000 yuan. Six defendants said in court that they would not appeal. Editor Zuo Yanyan proofread Wu Xingfa source: Beijing News responsible editor: Kang Ruixin_ NB16727

Some defenders put forward defense opinions, and the defendant was found as soon as he dug the coffin, which did not cause particularly serious damage to the tomb, and the circumstances were relatively minor; he did not steal property or gain profits.

In this regard, the court held that according to the provisions of the criminal law, the crime of robbing ancient tombs does not require the perpetrator to actually steal property. As long as the act of excavating ancient tombs with historical, artistic and scientific value is carried out, the crime of robbing ancient tombs can be completed.

In addition, in view of the six defendants pleading guilty, the court gave them lighter punishment according to law, and the relevant defense opinions of the defenders were adopted.

Editor Zuo Yanyan

Proofread by Wu Xingfa