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BEIJING: China has detained the 17-year-old son of a general on suspicion of involvement in a gang rape, reports said yesterday, the latest allegation against the privileged children of officials to spark public outrage.
Li Tianyi, the son of general Li Shuangjiang — a popular singer and household name in the country — was held on Thursday, reported several Chinese news outlets including state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV).
Crimes by the offspring of China’s elite cause particular anger among ordinary people.
The latest reports did not go into detail about the alleged offence, but news of the teenager’s arrest was re-posted thousands of times on Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, with many users leaving angry comments.
“Child, why don’t you stop disturbing everyone and quickly grow up,” said one. “Your father has a glorious past, and you are blaspheming it.” Other Weibo users were more direct. “Put him to death,” said another.
Contacted for comment, a Beijing public security bureau official said to refer to local media reports.
It is not the first time the teenager has come to public attention.
He was sent to a government correctional facility for one year in 2011 for beating a couple while their young child looked on.
Hundreds of thousands of people went online to express their outrage at the time, and the general, a dean of the music department at the Beijing-based People’s Liberation Army Academy of Arts, apologised for his son’s actions.