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Do corruption statements show real remorse?

China Daily | Updated: 2015-12-21 08:34

WANG GUOCHANG, former deputy director-general of the environmental protection department of Southeast China's Fujian province, who was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for accepting bribes, has reportedly sought to copy someone else's letter of repentance while in prison. Xinkuaibao newspaper condemns Wang's absurd request, saying it shows he has no real regrets about the crimes he committed.

It is necessary for all convicted corrupt officials to write letters of remorse about their wrongdoings. Some local governments even use such "confessions" to warn and educate other officials. And to some extent, such letters are of greater importance than other statements of remorse made by the former officials prior to their imprisonment, because they are not only about their future but also about whether their reeducation can be achieved as expected.

That the former Fujian official repeatedly requested other officials' penitential letters to copy is, in fact, a speculative attempt to show repentance for his wrongdoings in order to get his sentence reduced. Such repentance will boil down to his "unregulated outlook" and "not being firm in his faith", clich��s that many of his kind use for the purpose of showing they are sorry for the crimes they committed.

Do corruption statements show real remorse?

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