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Saturday, August 4, 2012

British diplomats to be allowed to attend Gu Kailai's trial

Pretty unusual - will they really be allowed to attend the whole thing, from start to finish? This is of limited significance, of course, because the trial process isn't going to change whatever outcome has been decided on. This case is way too important for that. But the outcome certainly has to be justifiable in terms of what goes on during the formal trial process, so it's certainly significant.

Here's the Reuters story.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/china_law_prof_blog/2012/08/british-diplomats-to-be-allowed-to-attend-gu-kailais-trial.html

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China calls this: difference between external and internal. In other words, the treatment of a case with foreign element can be different from one which deals with domestic issues only. Since the murdered victim is a British subject, it would have to invite foreign participation for that reason alone.

Posted by: Frankie Fook-lun Leung | Aug 5, 2012 10:52:11 AM

Paradoxically the fact that foreign diplomats are allowed to attend further enhances the for-show element of this political trial (or farce)

Posted by: Frankie Fook-lun Leung | Aug 9, 2012 2:37:22 PM

It would be interesting to have the honest views of the two British diplomats disclosed.

Posted by: Frankie Fook-lun Leung | Aug 11, 2012 9:53:43 PM

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