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Bo Xilai's Wife's Trial Ends Without Verdict



BEIJING - Gu Kailai, the wife of recently deposed top official in the Chinese Communist Party Bo Xilai, raised no objections to the prosecution's charges as the trial ended on Thursday, reports BBC news.

A court official told reporters Gu did not contest the charges. The date of the verdict will be announced later, the official said.

Gu Kailai is accused of poisoning British expat Neil Heywood in 2011 in Chongqing, where her husband Bo Xilai was head of the Communist party and a very popular figure.

At the time, the death was recorded as a heart attack. But four months later Bo's right-hand man, police chief Wang Lijun, fled to a U.S. consulate, where he alleged murder and a massive cover-up, reports CNN.

Heywood is said to have been a business associate and a close friend to the Bo family. Gu's husband was destined to join the elite committee of leaders at the top of China's ruling part, reports BBC News. He was sacked in March and is currently under investigation for unspecified "disciplinary violations.”

The defendants haven't seen their relatives since they were arrested in early April, reports CNN. Bo Gagua, 24, a Harvard University graduate, said he submitted a witness statement to the defense team for his mother in an email on Tuesday.

According to the Daily Telegraph, security was tight around the courthouse and international media were not allowed into the court.

The two defendants face a possible death penalty if found guilty.

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Big Brother For The People: India's CCTV Strategy For Cracking Down On Police Abuse

"There is nothing fashionable about installing so many cameras in and outside one’s house," says a lawyer from a Muslim community. And yet, doing this has helped members of the community prove unfair police action against them.

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Survellance and tight security at the Lal Chowk area in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India on October 4, 2022

Sukanya Shantha

MUMBAI — When sleuths of the National Investigating Agency suddenly descended on human rights defender and school teacher Abdul Wahid Shaikh’s house on October 11, he knew exactly what he needed to do next.

He had been monitoring the three CCTVs that are installed on the front and the rear of his house — a chawl in Vikhroli, a densely populated area in suburban Mumbai. The cameras told him that a group of men and women — some dressed in Mumbai police’s uniform and a few in civil clothes — had converged outside his house. Some of them were armed and few others with batons were aggressively banging at the door asking him to immediately let them in.

This was not the first time that the police had landed at his place at 5 am.

When the policemen discovered the CCTV cameras outside his house, they began hitting it with their batons, destroying one of them mounted right over the door. This action was captured by the adjacent CCTV camera. Shaikh, holed up in his house with his wife and two children, kept pleading with the police to stop destroying his property and simply show them an official notice.

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