Gu Kailai Beats China’s Law
Gu Kailai was given suspended death sentence for murdering
British businessman Neil Heywood, arousing public concern.
Comments said that this was another example of the Chinese
Communist Party (CCP) violating the law.
Scholars in Mainland China point out that Gu’s trial showed
that high ranking officials’ wives can get away from murder.
It was the highest-profile incident in violation of the law
A French media outlet said that this was a trial of covering up
From the trial, the corruption of CCP’s system can be viewed
Hong Kong media said that Gu’s trial was just a political show.
It was a disgraceful show through which the world can again
see the standard of CCP’s law.
Evan Osnos, a writer for the Beijing branch of the US’s
New Yorker magazine, said that Gu beat the law by 1:0 score.
Evan Osnos said in his blog that Gu’s trial showed China’s
law took a set back.
Osnos said, this case showed that in China, when politics
are on the line, the law can wait.
While China executes more people every year than any
other country, in this case the well-connected murderer has been treated more leniently.
Osnos said that Gu was sentenced to death with a two-year
suspension, which could be further reduced for good behavior or for medical parole.
She could be a free woman in less than a decade.
Family of Murdered British Heywood Remained Silent
After Gu Kailai’s verdict, the reaction of murder victim
Neil Heywood’s relatives drew media attention.
Heywood’s family members’ response was different
with common sense.
Heywood’s mother and wife remained silent on Gu’s sentence,
Causing outsiders to wonder their reasoning.
The New York Times reported that Ann Heywood, Neil Heywood’s
mother, wrote to Britain’s newspaper watchdog ten days ago.
She asked them to remind British newspapers that she
and her daughter had resolved not to respond to media inquiries about the case.
The report said that Heywood’s mother and
his wife remained silent on Heywood’s death.
After Wang Lijun fled to the US consulate, and before
Gu’s arrest, the news of Heywood’s murder spread over,
but Heywood’s mother denied Heywood’s death
was related to a conspiracy.
After China’s court claimed that the “truth” of Heywood’s
death was revealed, Heywood’s mother still didn’t comment on Heywood’s death, which was unusual.
Could it be some shocking news behind Heywood’s death?
The Foreign Correspondents’ Club Called For Protection of Journalists in China
Let’s have a look at news about the Foreign Correspondents’
Club of China (FCCC).
On Aug 21, FCCC braches in Beijing, Shanghai
and Hong Kong issued a joint statement.
The statement complained about a recent series of threats,
harassment, and beatings against international news reporters working in China.
The statement called for the Chinese regime
to ensure reporters are protected in China.
The statement also said that some of the beatings and threat
incidents towards foreign reporters in China involved state security forces.
From late July until mid-August, at least four separate incidents
of foreign reporters in China being assaulted took place.
Reporters had equipment confiscated and were forcibly
In the statement, FCCC says the incidents represent a “clear
risk of serious physical harm to journalists merely for carrying out their professional duties in China.”