China: Guilty Verdict: the Gang of Four

And a suspended death sentence for Mao's widow

Shouting radical slogans from the Cultural Revolution, Jiang Qing was ignominiously hustled out of the courtroom by uniformed bailiffs. The normally grave panel of judges and prosecutors applauded as the disgraced widow of Mao Tse-tung was declared guilty of "counterrevolutionary crimes" and sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve. The other nine defendants, each standing in turn to face the court, heard their verdicts with the same passive expressions they had worn since the trial began on Nov. 20. Thus, in a dramatic Sunday...

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