Son of Chinese general denies gang rape, inflames public anger

Son of Chinese general denies gang rape, inflames public anger
The teenage son of a prominent Chinese general goes on trial on Wednesday suspected of involvement in a gang rape in a case that has inflamed public anger at the offspring of the political elite who are widely seen as spoilt and reckless.

BEIJING - The teenage son of a prominent Chinese general denied the charge of gang rape on Wednesday, inflaming public anger in a case that has stirred resentment against the offspring of the political elite who are widely seen as spoilt.

Li Tianyi, 17, is one of five accused of assaulting a woman in a Beijing hotel in February, according to state media.

Li has become the most prominent target of complaints that the sons and daughters of China's top-ranked Communist Party officials can dodge the law because of family influence.

Li's father is General Li Shuangjiang of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), who is a singer known for performing patriotic songs on television shows and at official events. Li's mother, Meng Ge, is a famous singer in the PLA.

At a closed-door trial, Li said he was drunk and had no knowledge of the alleged assault, two Beijing-based state-run newspapers said on their microblogs.

Dozens of journalists as well as supporters of Li and the victim gathered outside the court in northwestern Beijing.

Police officers dragged away one of Li's supporters after she was seen talking to a reporter.

Two women stood in protest outside the court, holding signs that said: "Protecting the rights of mothers, females and young girls" and "Believe in justice".

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