PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 December, 2011, 12:00am


Convicted lawyer files request for retrial

Beijing defence lawyer Li Zhuang filed a request for a retrial at the Supreme People's Court on Monday, as he seeks to overturn his conviction in January 2010, reports. His request came two years after he was detained and charged with coaching and fabricating evidence while defending Chongqing crime boss Gong Gangmo, whom Li allegedly told to claim that a confession was obtained through torture. Li said his advice was based on facts, and his arrest drew sympathy from lawyers across the country. Li was quickly convicted and sentenced to 21/2years in jail. The sentence was later reduced on appeal to 11/2years and he was released in June. For his retrial application, Li is represented by his son, Li Yatong, and National People's Congress delegate Chi Fengsheng. According to Li Yatong's microblog account, the SPC had apparently not yet accepted the application because it said the documents were incomplete. Ng Tze-wei

Village tensions high after leader's death

Guangdong police are continuing a crackdown in the village of Wukan following the death in custody of a man suspected of leading protests that began in September over illegal land grabs by the local government. Tense residents said the village entrance remained blocked off, with no vehicles allowed in. People in groups were barred from entering or leaving the village. Local television stations have broadcast police announcements saying officers are confiscating explosives, guns and knives, while demanding that riot participants surrender. A public outcry over Xue Jinbo's death on Sunday prompted prosecutors in Shanwei city to get involved in the investigation. The Forensic Identification Centre at Sun Yat-sen University examined Xue's body and said that what appeared to be bruises were post-mortem discolourations. It also recommended an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Sally Wang

Work group to fight for intellectual property

The mainland said yesterday it will set up a permanent government work group in an effort to fight intellectual property rights infringement, and the production and sale of counterfeit and shoddy products. This follows an eight-month campaign where authorities investigated 156,000 low-level cases involving products worth 3.43 billion yuan (HK$4.2 billion). Police also solved 16,000 cases involving goods worth 13.12 billion yuan and arrested 29,000 people. The work group will be led by Vice-Premier Wang Qishan and the Ministry of Commerce. It will co-ordinate on crackdowns, review the laws and legal system, set up a credit record system of manufacturers and vendors, and ensure the crackdown on infringement is included as an indicator of a local government's annual performance. Ng Tze-wei