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Mr. Wu’s “crimes” and his punishment

Several state security and police officers raided Mr. Wu’s farmhouse. They used all means to access the house; they seized computers, documents and arrested him. Immediately, he was indicted on two blackmail charges. First, Mr. Wu was accused of obtaining knowledge of a contract between the dust control company and the steel company. He issued threats that he would use his alliances in undermining the contract unless the dust control firm gave him money so that he can keep quiet. Secondly, Mr. Wu was charged of extorting money from the Zhoutie communist party by using threats to reveal the problems of pollution. In 2006 March, Mr. Wu received payment from the committee on township party. This was meant to enhance tourism by advocating biased reports on pollution problems. Documents from courts confirmed that Mr. Wu received total of $5,000. In the following weeks, the prosecution revised Mr. Wu’s indictment. The prosecution dropped the communist party blackmail without providing any explanation.

A new charge was added on Mr. Wu; he was charged for fraud. The prosecution argued that Mr. Wu had used illegal means to support the Director of the steel company in developing false documents accounting for the money that Mr. Wu received from the steel company. Each of these three indictments held the claim that Mr. Wu had confessed to all the charges. While Mr. Wu was still in custody, Lake Tai called for assistance. Phosphorous and Nitrogen are the raw precipitates of chemical processes, sewage, and fertilizers developed to record degrees when experiencing short rainfalls.

2) What has happened recently with the case?

Mr. Wu was on the frontline in pressing the alarm about pollution of Lake Tai. He claimed that the root cause of the pollution menace had to be tackled. This led to the demotion and dismissal of five government and party officials involved in environmental work. Jiangsu provincial boss promised to thoroughly, clean Lake Tai with consideration of reducing the economic output of the province by 15 percent. This was followed by a threat from authorities who pledged that they would shut down thousands of some of the gorgeous polluters as they engaged in a sweeping industry crackdown. The evidence against Mr. Wu comprised his own confession and written testimonies. Mr. Wu’s request of summoning the witnesses of the prosecution to be cross-examined was rejected by the judges. The court held that because of Mr. Wu’s failure to provide evidence that police officers had tortured and coerced him, the confessions he made would remain valid.

This prompted him to lose his temper based on the claim that he had never committed any crime since childhood. Mr. Wu was sentenced to three years in prison. Immediately after his arrest, his former colleague, Mr. Hang released documents, clippings, and photos to journalists claiming that they were no longer useful. It had become extremely risky to engage in environmental work. Mr. Hang reported that he had recently witnessed little fish darting within the green milky water of the nearby canal. According to him, the white shrimp were almost resurfacing.

3) What is the status of Lake Tai?

Lake Tai is the third largest fresh water lake in the country. This lake has continually been a source of natural beauty and wealth for the residents of river Delta region. It has nurtured a bounty of whitebait, white fish, and white shrimp delicacies of crustacean known as hairy crab. Man-made and natural streams were a source of irrigation to a network of canals and rice paddies that were produced from wide and far distances. Poisonous cyanobacteria, commonly known as pond scrums converted the enormous lake into a green fluorescent. The stench of decaying is choking all residents who are miles near the shores of the lake. More than 2 million residents residing within the precincts of the canals, chemical plants, and rice paddies around Lake Tai have stopped cooking or drinking water from the main water source. This pollution rang an alarm bell to most residents who woke up in opposition of chemical firms.