Chinese court to conduct retrial of suspect in high-profile crime case
KUNMING, July 26 (Xinhua) -- The Yunnan Provincial Higher People's Court in southwest China has decided to conduct a retrial of Sun Xiaoguo, a suspect of an organized crime case that gained wide attention, according to the Yunnan provincial office against organized crime on Friday.
Sun, born in 1977, was sentenced to death at the Kunming Municipal Intermediate People's Court for rape, insulting women by forcible means, intentionally inflicting injury upon others and creating disturbances in 1998, but he finally received 20 years of imprisonment after a third trial at the provincial higher people's court in 2007, according to a statement by the Yunnan Provincial Higher People's Court.
The court decided that the verdict in 2007 was incorrect and the case should be reheard.
In May, China's national office against organized crime and gangs ordered an investigation into Sun's case, which found that in July 2018, Sun and seven other suspects went to a KTV in Kunming and physically beat several individuals, among whom a victim surnamed Wang was seriously injured.
A total of 20 people, including those closely related to Sun's case and civil servants involved in the case, are under investigation.
The national office against organized crime and gangs said it will thoroughly investigate the case and all the suspects involved.