China web users say Gu Kailai sentence too light
Published on Aug 20, 2012 7:01 PM
BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese web users posted angry reactions to Gu Kailai's suspended death sentence on Monday, with many saying she was given special treatment as the wife of a former political leader.
More than a million posts on Gu could be seen on Sina Weibo - a microblog similar to Twitter, which is banned in China - after she was found guilty of murder but spared immediate execution on Monday.
"Bigwig gets death sentence with reprieve for murder, while common people get immediate execution. Where's the justice?" posted one user of Sina Weibo, China's most popular microblog. "If a well-planned murder doesn't deserve a death penalty, then what other criminal deserves immediate execution?" demanded another of the court's decision to give Gu a suspended sentence with a two-year reprieve.
The large number of posts suggested China's censors had relaxed restrictions that had been in place since the wife of former leader Bo Xilai was first placed under investigation in April for killing a British businessman.
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