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Gu’s Murder Trial: The Doubts Remain
On her murder trial, Gu Kailai did not object
the charges of her intentional homicide.
None of her immediate family members
attended the hearing.
Commentators say the trial seemed to have been
well pre-arranged, leaving great many mysteries uncovered.
On August 9, Hefei Intermediate People’s Court tried
Gu Kailai and Zhang Xiaojun for killing UK’s Neil Heywood.
The court claimed the accused should be prosecuted
for criminal culpability in intentional homicide.
Gu Kailai was the principal offender
in this joint offence.
The trial ended in the afternoon.
The verdict will be delivered at a later date.
Media reported that Gu Kailai did not raise objections
to the accusations of intentional homicide.
Gu’s government-appointed lawyer claimed Gu’s capacity
for self-control was “weaker” when committing the crime.
And that Gu had made major contributions
by reporting offences of others.
Gu’s defender asked the court to take into account
all these factors for the formal verdict.
Over 140 people attended the hearing, including relatives
of Gu Kailai, Zhang Xiaojun and Neil Heywood.
The British Embassy’ and Consulate officials
were present too.
Journalists from over dozen foreign media, including
AP, BBC, UPI, was not allowed to enter the courthouse.
Citizen (Anhui Province): “I’m not interested in Gu’s trial.
It’s just like a dog being bitten by another dog within the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
I personally believe in ‘life for a life.’ Arbitrary depriving
someone of his life should get the death sentence."
Jin Zhong, Hong Kong’s Open magazine’ chief editor,
didn’t see an independent judiciary in this hearing.
The result seemed to have been “decided well in advance,
but just going through the motions,” said Jin Zhong.
Jin Zhong: “Gu’s defense lawyer’s remarks showed
that Gu wouldn’t be given the death penalty.
Of course, they had to go through the motions,
and then wait for the court verdict."
Nanjing-based lawyer Zhang Zanning agreed
that the trial of Gu Kailai was a mere formality.
Only pre-arranged people were allowed to be present
at the hearing, which rejected foreign media to attend.
This is against the principle of public trial,
Zhang Zanning: “All major cases similar to this, such as
the trial of the Gang of Four, were pre-arranged.
The official tone was all set in advance,
I know that.”
China’s human rights lawyer Tang Jitian said,
the trial could only be viewed as partially public.
The CCP authorities disclosed the defense lawyer,
and prearranged who will be in the public at the trial.
This was intentionally done by them to keep control
over the situation and guide the public opinion.
Tang Jitian: “It makes no difference whether it’s
an ordinary criminal case or a more complicated one.
The most important point is that the public
should have the right to know.
And maximum freedom should be given to the judges
and the court to play their statutory role in the case.
Only by doing this,
could the trial’s positive role be ensured.”
Zhang Tianliang, professor at George Mason University,
thinks that Gu Kailai may face a death sentence, as Gu was reportedly identified as the “main perpetrator.”
But a lot of problems behind-the-scene
need to be clarified, Zhang said.
For example, what kind of economic conflicts have aroused
between Gu Kailai and Briton Neil Heywood?
What were Gu’s motives for the murder?
How was Bo Xilai linked to this case?
Without addressing these suspicions, only giving verdict
to Gu Kailai will not possibly satisfy the public.
Zhang Tianliang:"Bo Xilai knew about Gu Kailai’s crime,
but didn’t report it.
Why did Wang Lijun fell out
of Bo Xilai’s good books at that time?
Why didn’t Wang Lijun go for help to Zhou Yongkang,
but choose to flee to the U.S. Consulate?"
Sources revealed that Gu was also implicated in illegal sale
of bodies of persecuted Falun Gong practitioners to foreign companies for profit.
These Falun Gong practitioners’ bodies were turned
into human specimens for public display around the world.
This is just the tip of Gu Kailai’s case.
How deep is this iceberg under the water?
The world is waiting for some time now
for more truths to be unveiled.