WASHINGTON — A new trial puts political and class tensions on the line as the son of a top Chinese military general is on trial for involvement in a gang rape.
Reuters reported that this trial comes on the heels of a prominent corruption and bribery trial of Bo Xilai, a former rising star in Chinese communist circles. Xilai is accused of bribery and his wife, Gu Kailai, is being tried for murdering a British businessman Neil Heyward over a business deal.
Li Tianyi, who is 17-years-old, is one of five men accused of sexually assaulting a women in a hotel in Beijing last February. His father, General Li Shuangjiang of the country’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), is known for singing and performing patriotic songs on television shows and at official government events. His mother, Meng Ge, is also a famous singer in the PLA.
According to Reuters, this is not his first time involved in legal affairs. He drove a BMW into another car, beat up the couple inside the other vehicle and mocked bystanders who were going to call the police to investigate. In that case, he served a year in juvenile detention and his father publicly apologized.
Now, with the Bo Xilai case playing out, this is raising tension among Chinese citizens who are upset over how spoiled and well-treated the Chinese communist nobility is and want justice.