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Chinese general's son sent to 10 years in jail for rape
Sutirtho Patranobis, HT Photo
Beijing, September 26, 2013
First Published: 11:37 IST(26/9/2013)
Last Updated: 16:19 IST(26/9/2013)

The teenage son of a famous Chinese army general was sentenced on Thursday to 10 years in prison for rape, the state media reported.

According to court proceedings, a group of five men gang raped the victim in a hotel after having drinks with her in February this year. Earlier, they had befriended her in a bar in the university district of Haidian in Beijing.

The five were detained after the victim, identified by the state media as Yang, reported to the police that she was forced to accompany the suspects from the bar to a hotel where she was then assaulted. Later, they gave her 2000 Yuan and dumped her on the roadside.

According to state media, Li and the remaining four suspects were arrested from a parking lot in Beijing’s Chaoyang district

The case soon came to the spotlight as the son of Li Shuangjiang, a renowned Chinese tenor and the dean of the music department of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Academy of Arts, was among the five suspects.

Li Tianyi's mother Meng Ge is also a well-known PLA singer.

Two years ago, Li and another teenager attacked a couple who allegedly blocked their driveway near the entrance of a residential community in Beijing. He sent to a government correctional facility for one year

During interrogation, Li denied any sexual relations with the woman. .

His mother had launched a campaign against the victim and the owner of the bar, claiming that he ran a sex racket from its premises.

But the court dismissed the claims of the defendants.

The state media gave few details of the case. But information accessed by the South China Morning Post said the Haidian District People’s Court in Beijing was categorical in its judgement.

“In the course of committing the crime they have performed obscene acts to the victim, which should be seen as part of the criminal act of gang rape and have been put into consideration when determining the level of punishment,” the report said quoting from details shared on the microblog of the Beijing judiciary.

“Li’s sentence is harsher than all except one of his co-defendants, because he chose not to plead guilty. Another defendant surnamed Wang, the only one of them who was an adult when the crime was committed, was sentenced to 12 years in prison. The other three received jail sentences of between three and four years,” it added.

The defendants have also paid cash compensation to the victim.


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