Student who threw shoe at Chinese PM cleared of any offence

June 3rd, 2009 - 6:14 pm ICT by ANI  

London, June 3(ANI): Martin Jahnke the student who threw a shoe at Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao has been cleared of any offence, after the Cambridge Magistrates’ Court found him not guilty in a two-day trial.

The district judge said that there was insufficient evidence to prove Jahnke guilty of causing harassment or distress to the Chinese Prime Minister.

District Judge Ken Sheraton told Jahnke that the not guilty verdict should not be seen as an indication that the court condoned his behaviour.

“I am very pleased with the result. I would like to thank all those members of the public who have supported me, including the Chinese community. I hope now attention can move away from me to the real issue of human rights in China,” Jahnke said after the hearing.

Jahanke a medical researcher at Cambridge University had disrupted a speech being given by the Chinese Prime Minister on April 2, 2009.

He had blown a whistle and termed the Chinese leader a “dictator”, saying the university had “prostituted” itself by allowing Wen Jiabao to speak, he had then thrown his left training shoe towards the stage, The Telegraph reported. (ANI)

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