In China, the special tribunal set up to try the so-called 'Gang of Four' heard details on Tuesday (25 November) of an alleged plot to assassinate Chairman Mao Tsetung.
GV Judges enter court in Peking
SV Hiang Hua, President of Supreme Court speaking
SV Jiang trengjiao enters defendant's stand
SV Huang Yongshen standing
SV Li Zuoping standing
CU Judge Hiang Hua
GV Jiang Tengjiao on stand with Huang seated on left and Li seated on left and Li seated on right.
SCU Zeng Hangzou, Vice Chairman of Supreme Court, speaking
SV JIANG Tengjiao stands and answers question.
SV PAN Judges
CU Huang Yongshen listening and answering question
SV Judge asking question
SCU Huang Yongshen speaking
GV Judges' bench
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Background: In China, the special tribunal set up to try the so-called 'Gang of Four' heard details on Tuesday (25 November) of an alleged plot to assassinate Chairman Mao Tsetung. The panel of judges heard evidence from three senior military officers who are accused of being part of the assassination. plot.
SYNOPSIS: According to the indictment, the plot was organised by former Defense Minister, Lain Bias. The plan was to attack a train on which Chairman Mao was travelling in September, 1971 with flame throwers, bazookas and bombs.
The President of the Supreme Court, Hiang Hua, led the questioning of the defendants, all high-ranking officers.
Jiang Tengjiao was an airforce commissar.
Huang Yongshen was Chief of staff.
And Li Zuopeng was Chief Naval Commissar.
Under questioning from Hiang Hua, Jiang Tengjiao admitted he had taken part in a secret meeting in Shanghai with Lin Biao's son. The prosecution alleged that the purpose of the meeting was to set up a command team in line with Marshal Lin's plans for a coup.
According to Peking Radio, the other two defendants admitted passing information to the Defence Minister which led him to launch his abortive coup. Huang Yongshen was reported to have admitted to telling Lin Biao's wife of remarks made by Chairman Nao about Marshal Lin and his associates.
According to the prosecution Lin Biao's assassination and coup plans were foiled when Chairman Mao's travel arrangements were changed at the last minute.
Marshal Lin and his wife and son died in an air crash in Mongolia in late 1971 while allegedly fleeing to the soviet Union.