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Defamation trial for murder victim's relative over online accusations

By Mo Ting (Global Times)

10:28, December 30, 2011

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A defamation case, in which the father of a convicted and executed murderer is suing a relative of the woman his son killed, opened Thursday in Yanta District People's Court in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province.

Yao Jiaxin, a 21-year-old music student who stabbed a young mother to death to cover up a hit-and-run accident he was involved in, was executed in Xi'an on June 7 this year.

Yao's father Yao Qingwei is accusing Zhang Xian, who represented the victim's family in the murder trial, of spreading lies about him on the Internet during his son's trial.

Zhang wrote that Yao was a "government official" and a "wealthy man" and accused him of using connections to interfere with court proceedings.

Yao wants Zhang to post a 3,000-word letter of apology on news media outlets for 30 consecutive days and also pay 1 yuan ($0.16) in compensation for the stress the episode inflicted on his family.

Zhang's attorney said in court that Zhang should not apologize through the media because he had already apologized to Yao on his microblog and would voluntarily pay the 1 yuan compensation without being forced by the court.

The trial lasted two-and-half hours and the court postponed judgment to a later date.

"Zhang Xian has fabricated many stories about my family's background with the purpose of arousing online resentment against us," Yao Qingwei wrote on his microblog on May 31.

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