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Beijing lawyer's trial to continue Friday

Updated: 2011-04-21 07:17


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CHONGQING - Beijing lawyer Li Zhuang charged with falsifying evidence and jeopardizing testimony, will stand trial Friday for the third day after hearings on Tuesday and Wednesday in a court in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality.

Beijing lawyer's trial to continue Friday

Li Zhuang, 49, a lawyer with the Beijing Kangda Law Firm, stands trial in a court  on additional charges of falsifying evidence and jeopardizing testimony in Southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, April 19, 2011. [Photo/CFP]

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Li Zhuang, 49, a lawyer with the Beijing Kangda Law Firm, was charged with instructing Xu Lijun, a witness in his client Meng Ying's trial, to give false testimony in court during an embezzlement trial, prosecutors said.

Previously Li received a one and a half year sentence for giving false evidence and encouraging others to give false evidence in an organized crime gang trial in 2010 in Chongqing.

According to prosecutors, in June 2008, Li's client Meng Ying, the legal representative of Shanghai Jintangcheng Bath Co., LTD, was charged with embezzling 500,000 yuan (US$ 76,552) from  Xu Lijun's 1 million yuan investment in the company to repay personal loan.

In July 2008, Li allegedly enticed Xu Lijun to falsely tell the court that the fund was a personal loan to Meng, as a way to help Xu recover her money. Later, on July 30, 2008, Xu allegedly gave Li's suggested false testimony in court.

The focus of Wednesday's court hearing was on whether Xu's money was an investment or a loan and whether Li had enticed Xu to provide a false testimony or not.

Wednesday's trial lasted until 3:51 pm.


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