It happens in China, where an 18-year-old boy faces a sentence that is absurd
The last thing the 18-year-old Chinese Liu Dawei expected was that a purchase of 24 toy rifles would lead him to spend the rest of his life in prison.
The charge? Arms trafficking. According to the police, in fact, 20 of the 24 rifles purchased were real weapons. The accusation may seem legitimate but the problem lies in the definition given to "firearms" in China. In this country, in fact, the value of energy needed for an object to be considered a firearm is very different from that of other countries. In short the weapons purchased by the boy would not be real weapons and would certainly not be able to kill and perhaps not even hurt.
The minimum penalty for arms trafficking in China is 7 years, but the judge, given the large number of weapons, considered that the just penalty in this case was the death penalty, commuted to life imprisonment given the young age.
At the time of the sentence, Liu asked the judge to be shot with the weapons he had bought: if they really were dangerous, he would have had the punishment he deserved, otherwise he could have finally left in peace. The request was refused but given the numerous pressures of the media there will soon be a new trial.