Chinese robber gets 13-year jail termMarch 19th, 2012 - 3:35 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, March 19 (IANS) A Chinese man Monday got a 13-year jail term for stealing art pieces from the Forbidden City here last year, authorities said.
Shi Baikui, 27, was fined 13,000 yuan (about $2,000) and was deprived of his political rights for three years, said the court ruling.
Shi broke into the heavily guarded former home of Chinese emperors in the heart of Beijing, and stole nine art pieces made of gold and jewels, May 8, 2011, the court said in a statement.
While escaping, Shi left behind five of the pieces in the Forbidden City’s compound, reported Xinhua.
Failing to immediately sell the treasures, he threw away the other four pieces the next day.
Shi was later caught from an Internet cafe in Beijing.
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