Ding zui

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Ding zui (Chinese: 顶罪; pinyin: dǐngzuì) is the Chinese practice of hiring impostors or body doubles to stand trial and receive punishment in one's place.[1] The term translates as "substitute criminal," and is reported to be a relatively common practice among China's wealthy elite.[2][3][4]

Accusations of ding zui surfaced in 2012 during the trial of Gu Kailai. The term "body double" (替身, "body replacement") quickly became popular on Chinese Internet fora, and Chinese authorities attempted to censor related messages.[3][4][5] Similar allegations had arisen in 2009 after the trial of one Hu Bin.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b Geoffrey Sant (August 6, 2012). "Do the crime, pay someone else to do the time". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2012-08-26.
  2. ^ Geoffrey Sant, Double Jeopardy:In China, the rich and powerful can hire body doubles to do their prison time for them, Slate magazine, 2 August 2012.
  3. ^ a b Sant, Geoffrey (24 August 2012). "Double Trouble in China". Slate. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Yuwen Wu (24 August 2012). "Gu Kailai and the body double debate". BBC News. Retrieved 2012-08-26.
  5. ^ ""Body double" blocked in online searches; Gu Kailai imposter at trial?". China Daily Mail. August 22, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-26.