The trial of China's so-called 'Gang of Four' continued in Peking on Wednesday (26 November) with the first appearance in court of Chairman Mao Tsetung's widow, Jiang Qing, since her indictment last week.
GV Jiang Qing, widow of Chairman Mao Tsetung, accompanied by guards enters court in Peking and moves to defendant's stand
SV Chief Judge Zeng Hanzhou speaking as other judges listen
SV Jiang Qing listening
SV Chief judge speaking
SV Jiang Qing answering question
SCU Wang Hongwen
SV Wangwen in stand with guards one either side
GV ZOOM IN Panel of judges
SCU Woman speaking
SCU Jiang Qing listening
SCU Chief Judge speaking
SV Jiang Qing being led out of court
GV Judges standing up
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Background: The trial of China's so-called 'Gang of Four' continued in Peking on Wednesday (26 November) with the first appearance in court of Chairman Mao Tsetung's widow, Jiang Qing, since her indictment last week. Jiang maintained a defiant attitude in court and refused to give direct answers to questions asked by the judges.
SYNOPSIS: Jiang Qing was the third member of the Gand to be questioned in the trial.
Chief Judge Zeng Hanzhou charged that she had conspired against China's current Communist Party vice-chairman Deng Xiaoping and the late Premier Chou Enlai in 1974. Jiang was accused of sending the then party vive-chairman, Wang Hongwen to frame Deng and Chou.
Jiang was asked whether she had called a secret meeting of the Gang at her home in October, 1974. She at first replied "no".
However, when pressed by the judge the said "I don't know". Jiang gave a similar response to all other questions.
The judge ordered Jiang's replies to be recorded as denials and called Wang Hongwen to the stand. Wang -- at 45 the youngest member of the Gang of Four -- repeated his earlier testimony to the court the Jiang Qing had in fact called the conspiratorial meeting.
When he closed the session, after little more than an hour, Judge Zeng said that although Jiang refused to answer any question, "the proof of her guilt was overwhelming and full".
Jiang is accused by the prosecution of being head of a 'counter-revolutionary clique' and Wednesday's charge was one of a total of 48 contained in the indictment against the Gand, Mao's political secretary and five military officers accused of taking part in an assassination plot. One member of the Gang, former Shanghai mayor Zhang Chunqiao, is yet to appear.
All 10 key defendants face the death penalty, if convicted.