As expected, more information has come out about Gu Kailai’s trial as well as the first analyses by respected China Watchers. If you would like a blow-by-blow account, Xinhua has it for you in ‘Details of intentional homicide trial of Bogu Kailai, Zhang Xiaojun.’ Six full pages of the action and opinions about the proceedings. For those of you who might be worried that Ms. Gu’s rights were in any way infringed, you can rest easy:
Xu Shuping, a professor from the Law Department of Anhui University who attended the hearing, said although the hearing lasted for almost seven hours, the court strictly followed the law and completely protected the rights of the defendants and their defense counsels in making statements, presenting evidence, questioning evidence and issuing a defense.
Several excellent analyses, all on video, have appeared already. Here are five of the best.
First, two experts: Jerry Cohen, head of the U.S-Asia Law Institute at New York University, and Geremie Barme, director of the Australian Centre for China and the World at Australian National University.
Second, The Economist, with Domick Ziegler, Asia Editor, and James Miles, Beijing Bureau Chief, and China Focus (although from the usually anti-CCP NTDTV, very balanced examination of the issues).
Finally, if you want a good, short summary, see the PBS NewsHour.
You will find all of these below.
Jerry Cohen on CNN
Geremie Barme on the Australian Broadcasting Company