One of China’s largest Twitter-like platforms, Sina Weibo, suffered widespread problems on Thursday afternoon leaving users unable to post or comment on the site just as the high profile murder trial of Gu Kailai, wife of ousted Politburo member Bo Xilai, kicked off. Users across the platform complained that they couldn’t post, …
"Wife of party official plied Brit with booze, then poison, as revenge for deal gone wrong"
it seems rather...bold to print accusations of anything this serious and sensitive that happened in China as a fact, unless you have gold-plated video footage or something. A one-day trial seems hardly worth accepting as the kind of legal proof news organizations usually consider necessary before printing something like that as a definite statement, rather than an allegation or possibility...
She did not contest the allegations.
She didn't contest the allegations, but then in the next para it's said that she plead guilty. I was under the impression that these are different things?
I think that's a matter of translating from what we consider to be the Chinese justice system, to an English equivalent.
I also think that it is a rotten way to run a trial but she probably did do it, although she may not have very willingly "not contested" the charge. A British businessman fooling around with politically powerful people in China shoualdn't be surprised when he turns up dead in the middle of an apparent botched cover-up, so quite possibly it serves him right. I mean, look at Mark Thatcher.
Er...but you write in the last sentence:
"It's believed the guilty plea itself was forced as part of an attempt to limit foreign media coverage of the trial"
Really, my point is that it seems impossible to be entirely sure of what the hell happened given the murky circumstances, so printing anything as a bald fact is going a bit far.
She did not contest the allegations
"with Gu apparently not contesting charges"
All she said was "Mmmph! Mm-mmmph! Mmmmmmph!"