CHINA COURT JAILS GENERAL’S SON OVER GANG RAPE

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BEIJING: A court sentenced the teenage son of a Chinese general to 10 years in jail for rape on Thursday, court authorities said, after his trial spotlighted extravagant lifestyles among the Chinese elite. Li Tianyi, 17, and four other males were found guilty of raping a woman in a Beijing hotel in February, court authorities said on a verified social media account. The case drew widespread scrutiny in the country, where the children of the elite are often seen as living lavishly or above the law due to their connections. Li’s father Li Shuangjiang holds a rank equivalent to general in China’s military as dean of the music department for the army’s Academy of Arts, and is known for singing patriotic songs. His mother, Meng Ge, is also a prominent singer. Li Tianyi had previously triggered controversy in 2011 after he and another teenager, both driving expensive cars, attacked a couple who reportedly blocked their passage, while the victims’ child looked on. The other four defendants, also minors, in the trial were sentenced to between three and 12 years in prison, with two of them receiving probation, the court authority said.

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