Son of Chinese military official charged in gang-rape case

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 24, 2013 17:32 hrs

Beijing: A 17-year-old son of a senior Chinese military General was formally charged on Sunday in a gang-rape case.

Li Tianyi, the son of  Mr Li Shuangjiang, dean of the music department of the People's Liberation Army Academy of Arts, was formally charged by the Beijing police in the gang-rape case, state-run Close Circuit Television (CCTV) reported.

Li Tianyi was arrested along with four others on Wednesday after a woman accused them of raping her.

The woman filed a report on February 19, saying she had been drinking with Li Tianyi and others at a bar in Haidian after which they went to a hotel where they raped her.

Li Shuangjiang, 74, built his reputation in past decades by singing popular patriotic songs.

It is not the first time that junior Li has gotten in trouble.

In September 2011, Li Tianyi, then 15-year-old, was caught driving a BMW without a driving license or car plate after he viciously attacked a couple following a traffic dispute.

The teenager was kept at a juvenile camp for one-year of re-education, but let off after six months raising questions in the media on how children of the influential people were being treated differently.

While highlighting the case, the state-run channel also narrated the increasing number of incidents involving the children of rich and influential people breaking law and attempting to subvert the rules.

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