China's court cases of 2013

China's court cases of 2013

Li Tianyi

A court in Beijing on Nov 17 upheld the earlier verdict of Li Tianyi, the teenage son of a famous Chinese military singer, giving him a 10 years imprisonment and concluding the case in the national spotlight.

Beijing Haidian District People's Court gave the first-instance verdict for the five defendants in the gang rape case, and the other four received sentences from three years with probation to 12 years in prison, on Sep 26. The No 1 Intermediate People's Court of Beijing upheld the verdict in the second trial.

Li Tianyi, 17, gang raped a woman surnamed Yang, 23 in a hotel with four others after getting drunk in a bar on Feb 20, according to Beijing Haidian District People's Court.

Zhou Xijun

Jilin Superim People's Court rejected the appeal of Zhou Xijun, who killed a baby after stealing a SUV in Northeast China in March, and sentenced him to death, on July 24, 2013.

Zhou, 48, received the death sentence from his first trial at the Intermediate People's Court in Changchun, capital of Jilin province, on May 27, 2013.

The verdict deprived his political rights for life for the murder and five years in jail. It also made him to pay a 50,000 yuan (S$10,400) fine for stealing the car that contained the baby and around 17,000 yuan in compensation to the victim's family.

The death sentence was executed on Nov 22, 2013.

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