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Details of intentional homicide trial of Bogu Kailai, Zhang Xiaojun

English.news.cn   2012-08-11 00:58:37            

The People's Procuratorate of Hefei City accused the two defendants of murder by poisoning. With clear facts and substantial evidence, their behavior violated Article 232 of the Criminal Law of the People's Republic of China; therefore, the two defendants should be held criminally responsible for intentional homicide. The case is a joint offense, with Bogu Kailai as the principal and Zhang Xiaojun as the accessory.

The two defendants made statements on the facts presented in the indictment and confessed to intentional homicide. The prosecutors and the defense counsels cross-examined the two defendants.

Then, the hearing proceeded to the cross-examination of evidence phase. The prosecutors presented their evidence, including the defendants' statements, witness testimonies, material evidence, documentary evidence, records of inquests and examination, expert conclusions and video and audio materials. The prosecutors and defense counsels also debated issues, including the facts, evidence and the application of the law.

The People's Procuratorate of Hefei City pointed out in the indictment that the case is one of intentional homicide that illegally deprived another of life.

The prosecutor said that each citizen's right to life is the most basic and important right. The law of all countries, without exception, puts the protection of the right to life as paramount, which not only shows care for life, but also fully respects human rights. China's Criminal Law, which fully guarantees each citizen's right to life and health, has stipulated severe penalties for intentional homicide. The actions of the two defendants not only caused the victim to lose his life, but also damaged several happy families, bringing destructive social impact that is hard to repair. Everyone is equal before the law. In constructing the socialist society ruled by law, anyone who breaks the law will be held responsible.

When the trial was about to close at 3:10 p.m., Bogu Kailai said in her final statement that she accepted all the facts written in the indictment, saying, "This case has been like a huge stone weighing on me for more than half a year. What a nightmare. During those days last November, I suffered a mental breakdown after learning that my son was in jeopardy. The tragedy which was created by me was not only extended to Neil, but also to several families."

"The case has produced great losses to the Party and the country, for which I ought to shoulder the responsibility, and I will never feel at ease. I am grateful to the humanitarian care shown to me by those who handled the case. I solemnly tell the court that in order to maintain the dignity of the law, I will accept and calmly face any sentence and I also expect a fair and just court decision," she said.

Zhang Xiaojun said in his final statement that he confessed his guilt, and would say "sorry" to the relatives of the victim. "I hope the court can give me a chance to take a new lease on life. I really know that I did wrong."

At 3:20 p.m., the trial closed. The chief judge announced an adjournment and the judgment will be announced at a later date.

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Editor: Deng Shasha
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