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China general's son on trial for alleged gang rape

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August 28, 2013 07:52 AM EST | AP

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BEIJING — The son of a well-known Chinese general went on trial Wednesday over an alleged gang rape, in a case that has focused attention on the sometimes outrageous behavior of the offspring of the country's elites.

A group of journalists awaited Li Tianyi and four co-defendants as they were driven through the gate of Beijing's Haidian District Court. The case is not open to the public because Li is a minor.

The 17-year-old Li has denied taking part in the February incident at a Beijing hotel that followed a night of heavy drinking.

Li is the son of Li Shuangjiang, a general famed for crooning patriotic anthems for the People's Liberation Army and starring in scores of television galas. He was sentenced to a year in detention in 2011 as a 15-year-old for attacking a couple over a minor traffic dispute and threatening onlookers in a case that attracted widespread attention.

The children of China's wealthy and politically connected are routinely mocked on public networking sites for their sense of entitlement and wasteful spending.