A Chongqing police spokesman who would only give his surname, Deng, said police have been handling such appeals on the basis of ‘‘seeking truth from facts.’’
‘‘Mistakes must be corrected,’’ said Deng, who refused to provide any other details and repeatedly hung up when further questions were asked.
How far authorities will go to redress the wrongs of the Bo period remain to be seen. In the past, the government has been reluctant to offer wholesale amnesties. Although the crime of counter-revolution was dropped from the criminal code in the ‘90s, those serving time did not receive a blanket release.
Ren, the former village official, said he would only believe real change had come if his appeal against his sentence was successful.