Xu Lindong, a villager in central China’s Henan Province who had been grounded in a mental hospital for six and a half years, has got his compensation worth 300,000 yuan last Wednesday.
Early in December, Xu Lindong signed a conciliation agreement with local government, nearly eight months later after he was freed from the mental hospital, which was only after his case was highlighted by reporters.
Under the agreement, local government pledged to compensate Xu Lindong for 300,000 yuan one-off in 15 days. Xu Lindong said in the agreement that he was “thankful for government’s effort to deal with his living problems.”
According to Xu Lindong’s lawyer Chang Boyang, the two had been in negotiation for at least seven months before reaching any agreement. In addition to differences in the sum of compensation, local government also wanted Xu Lindong to give up his right to sue the mental hospital.
“The government fears that it will again drag the government into the case. However, we believe that the government and the mental hospitals should pay different prices for their behaviors,” Mr. Chang said, “The government misused its power to send Xu Lindong to the mental hospital, while the hospital should not accept him by violating rules.”
It is learned that after the New Year, Xu Lindong will sue the two mental hospitals that once accepted him and “cured” him by giving electric shocks and the like.
“As regard to the number of consumption, it is acceptable, although the case has not gone through judicial process, and the government also rejected an official apology to Xu Lindong in paper. But no matter how, the government admitted mistakes orally, which is the first time of its kind,” Mr. Chang said.
Xu Lindong was detained in the hospital in 2003, after he spoke up for a friend involved in a land dispute with local authorities.
On April 27, two days after he was freed, a local department responded to the
case by removing the several officials involved in the case from their offices.
More investigations are under way, according to local authority.