Court denies looking into Li Tianyi's new claim

By Zhang Rui
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Li Tianyi (L) and his fater Li Shuangjiang [File photo]

A Beijing court denied reports that it would investigate the "prostitution" claim made by a legal consultant for rape suspect Li Tianyi, son of the famous army singer Li Shuangjiang.

Haidian District Court set the record straight after several reports misquoted Lan He, a legal consultant for Li's family, saying the defense attorneys have asked the court to investigate the suspected criminal wrongdoings of organized prostitution and extortion, "which have been implemented."

"The report is false," the court said. "We are pushing forward the proceeding according to laws."

When contacted by media today, Lan explained he meant was to ask the lawyer to file the motion to investigate the claim.

Seventeen year-old Li Tianyi is accused, along with four others, of gang-raping a girl in a Beijing hotel in February. His attorneys plead not guilty for him in the high-profile case.

Lan shared the prostitution and extortion claim with the media Monday and said if these things were verified, "some relevant people" wouldn't be able to escape the justice. Lan was blasted by thousands of Internet users after he post the theory online.

Tian Canjun, the victim's lawyer, has denied his client is is a prostitute and said that "she [has] never asked [Li] for money." His client is "receiving psychological treatment" in Beijing now.

Tian also said he would not accept any further interview requests, regardless of what claims Li's family might make.

Hong Daode, a professor from China University of Political Science and Law, said the legal consultant's words were misleading.

"Even if they discover some new criminal evidence and want more investigation, they should report to police instead of the court, " said Hong. He said he suspected the consultant's intention was to attract attention and mislead the public.

"Even if you have evidence for extortion, that's another case. A forced sexual conduct on a woman is a crime, no matter who the woman is and what her social status and identity are."

Li Tianyi, called as a "spoiled brat" by many, has created numerous controversies in recent years with his unruly behavior.

Two years ago, Li Tianyi and another teenager attacked a couple, which allegedly blocked the driveway near the entrance of a residential community in Beijing. He was later sent to a government correctional facility for a year.


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