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Zhang Qizhong and his wife hold five properties with a market value of more than 70 million yuan. Hong Kong law prohibits murderers from inheriting

2020-11-27T14:34:54.200Z

Zhang Qizhong, an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hong Kong, was convicted of murder in the murder of his wife in 2018. The case revealed that Zhang and his wife held five properties with a market value of more than 70 million yuan in the form of "Long Life Deeds".



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Written by: Leung Zu Rao and Zhou Weiqiang

2020-11-26 20:50

Last update date: 2020-11-26 21:20

Zhang Qizhong, an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hong Kong, was convicted of murder in the murder of his wife in 2018.

The case revealed that Zhang and his wife held five properties with a market value of more than 70 million yuan in the form of "Long Life Deeds", of which three were properties in Mid-Levels West.

The prosecution once asked Zhang how he understood the "Long Life Deed", and Zhang responded that "whoever lives forever has it."

However, according to the Hong Kong law, there is a "loss of power rule" that the court has the right to cancel the right of inheritance even if the person who seeks money and kills is the heir of the estate.

Zhang Daming, the chief lecturer of the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong, said that although the "Long Life Deed" is not a legacy, according to the law, those who seek money and kill cannot obtain the property of the slain.

In the case of Zhang Qizhong, an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Hong Kong, murdered his wife, his wife held five properties with a market value of more than 70 million yuan in the form of a "Long Life Deed".

According to Hong Kong law, there is a "loss of power rule" that the court has the right to cancel the right of inheritance even if the person who seeks money and kills is the heir of the estate.

(Profile picture / Photo by Luo Junhao)

Zhang Qizhong, an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Hong Kong, was involved in the murder of his wife in the dormitory of the University of Hong Kong. The facts revealed that Zhang and his wife held five properties in the form of "Long Life Deeds". It's in Niuchiwan.

Five units appreciated more than doubled but still outstanding mortgage

According to court confessions and information from the Land Registry, the total purchase price of the five units was 34.09 million yuan, which has now risen to more than 70 million yuan, which has more than doubled.

Of the five units, except for one mid-level unit of Huihao Court in Mid-Levels West, which was purchased in 1994, the other four were purchased between 2009 and 2012.

The only Junxian unit in Ngau Chi Wan in Kowloon was purchased in 2010.

According to records, five units are still mortgaged. Zhang Qizhong also pointed out in court that the units still have to repay the loan and revealed that the rent is not enough to repay the mortgage.

Zhang Qizhong and his wife purchased the low-rise unit of Xinyi Court in Mid-Levels West in 2009 in the form of a "Long Life Deed". The current market value is 21 million yuan.

(Photo by Lu Yiming)

●Pictures of properties held by Zhang Qizhong and his wife under the "Long Life Deed"●

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Since the five properties are all held under "Long Life Deeds", that is, joint ownership, if one of the joint owners dies, the rights and interests in the properties will automatically be transferred to other co-owners.

Take Zhang Qizhong as an example. Since the "Long Life Deed" only has the names of the two of them, the husband Zhang Qizhong inherited his wife after his death.

Therefore, the prosecution asked Zhang how to understand the "Long Life Deed" in court, and Zhang responded that "whoever has the long life will own it." The prosecution even questioned Zhang in court about killing his wife for profit.

Legal principles do not allow profit from illegal killing

However, Zhang Qizhong is now convicted of murder.

According to the "Law Amendment and Reform (Consolidation) Ordinance" Chapter 23 of the Laws of Hong Kong, there is a "loss of power rule" that restricts those who murder others' lives, even if he is the heir of the deceased's estate, the court has the right to cancel his inheritance rights.

The law clearly states that if any person commits an illegal murder, the court has the right to prevent the illegal murderer from gaining the benefit of the victim according to the Forfeiture Rule.

The purpose of this rule is to prevent anyone from illegally killing another person and thereby gaining benefits from the dead.

●Zhang Qizhong's defense and going to court ●

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Zhang Daming, the chief lecturer of the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong, analyzed that although the "deed of longevity" is not a legacy, according to the spirit and principles of the common law, the murderer cannot obtain the property of the slain.

Therefore, if there is a dispute, the court will deal with it in the form of inheritance, and will not assign this part of the rights to the murderer.

In other words, Zhang Qizhong should not be able to inherit the title in the long-lived contract.

The murder of two civil servants in "Yu Jin Guo Feng" cancels the murderer's inheritance rights

A look at the death case and sentence of a male civil servant who fell from a building after killing the wife of the same civil servant at the “Yu Jin Guo Feng” in Jordan in 2017. The mother of the deceased woman had applied to the court to become her daughter’s estate administrator and cancelled The son-in-law’s inheritance right.

The judge believed that the male deceased illegally killed the female deceased and then committed suicide, so he abolished the male deceased’s right to inherit the female deceased’s estate and ordered the female deceased’s mother to be appointed as the administrator of the estate.

The verdict states that the crimes that can cancel the right to inheritance include murder, manslaughter and abetting manslaughter.

Zhou Kailiang killed his parents and cannot inherit the inheritance

Similarly, Zhou Kailiang murdered his parents and mutilated them in 2013, although his father had made a will before his death, indicating that the estate would be divided equally between his two sons, namely Zhou Kailiang and his brother.

However, Zhou Kailiang was later convicted of murder, and his brother applied to the court to revoke Zhou Kailiang's estate executor's status and eligibility to inherit the estate, and the court has subsequently issued an order.

●The police revealed the case ●

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