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Bo Xilai’s wife Gu Kailai could face swift execution by Chinese justice system she once championed

Posted by satyrikon στο Αυγούστου 1, 2012

Originally posted on National Post | News:

BEIJING — Gu Kailai, the wife of deposed Chinese leader Bo Xilai and a career lawyer, faces possible execution for murder at the hands of a swift, unblinking justice system that she once championed.

Gu, who practiced commercial law and wrote once a book about her experiences of both the Chinese and U.S. legal systems, will be at the centre of highly politicized trial this month in which rule of law is unlikely to attract more than token attention.

Legal experts and activists expect her to receive the kind of rapid guilty verdict handed down in almost all Chinese criminal trials — the kind Gu once compared favourably to U.S. legal practice where she felt the guilty risked going free on legal technicalities.

«As long as it is known that you, John Doe, killed someone, you will be arrested, tried and shot to death,» Gu wrote of Chinese criminal justice…

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