POLICE in Fuzhou, capital of southeastern Fujian Province were accused of mistaking a college student as a robber and keeping her in custody despite the fact that the real criminal had handed herself to police.
Chen Baonu, a woman from Hainan Province, took part in a robbery in Fuzhou in 2007 and used her sister Chen Weigu's ID card to board a ship for Hainan after the robbery, she said.
Fuzhou police arrested her sister, a student at a computer software college in Hainan Province last September. A few days later Chen went to Fuzhou to surrender herself but Fuzhou police wouldn't accept her confession, the hinews.cn reported today.
"I can't let my little sister to get punished for my fault! Why can't they trust me?" said Chen Baonu, adding that Chen Weigu had never left Hainan. "It's easy for police to recognize me in the video footage, not my little sister."
But no one could prove Chen Weigu's innocence because the robbery took place on a Saturday and police believed she was the only gang member still at large, the report said.
"She performed well at school. Her arrest really shocked all of us," Chen Weigu's teacher Li Ying told the news website.
Chen Doushi, the sisters' brother, said Chen Weigu would stand on trial tomorrow, but Fuzhou police have made no comment on the issue, the report said.
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