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China octogenarian on trial for four decade-old murder

Published on Feb 20, 2013 9:40 PM
 

BEIJING (AFP) - A man in his eighties has gone on trial in a Chinese court for a murder he allegedly committed during the tumultuous Cultural Revolution over four decades ago, state media reported on Wednesday.

A court in the eastern province of Zhejiang this week tried the man for the 1967 murder of a doctor suspected of being a spy, the state-run China News Service reported.

It said the defendant surnamed Qiu is accused of strangling his victim, surnamed Hong, with a rope before cutting off his legs and burying him.

Qiu was a member of a member of "an armed group" during the decade of upheaval known as the Cultural Revolution, the report said, adding that he was arrested last July.

 
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