News / Asia

Accused Gang Boss Trial as Chinese National Despite US Citizenship

FILE - American businessman Vincent Wu, right, poses for a photo with his wife Yip Lai Fong, center, and daughter Anna Wu as they wait to welcome China's then-Vice President Xi Jinping on his visit to Los Angeles, Calif.
FILE - American businessman Vincent Wu, right, poses for a photo with his wife Yip Lai Fong, center, and daughter Anna Wu as they wait to welcome China's then-Vice President Xi Jinping on his visit to Los Angeles, Calif.
TEXT SIZE - +
VOA News
A U.S. citizen accused of heading a violent mob has gone on trial in China without consular access because the court says it does not recognize his American citizenship.
 
Vincent Wu, who was born in China and emigrated to the United States, is accused of kidnapping rivals and operating illegal casinos in southern Guangdong province.
 
Wu, who has been detained since June 2012, denies the charges against him and says he was tortured into confessing.
 
His legal adviser, Li Zhuang, told VOA that his client and dozens of other defendants were severely beaten during their detention.
 
Li adds it is unfair to try Wu as a Chinese national.
 
“The court is announcing many things that are clearly errors in logic," Li said. "For example, the court maintains [Vincent Wu] is a citizen of mainland China, but they do not have his mainland citizen ID card. So, since you maintain he is a citizen of mainland China, why also allow the Consular General from the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou to come [to the trial]. This consulate official said in court that [Wu] is a U.S. citizen.”

According to the Associated Press, family members and lawyers of Wu say he is a law-abiding businessman whose rivals have framed him to seize his assets.
 
China refuses to acknowledge Wu's American citizenship because his last entry into mainland China was made on his Hong Kong residence pass.
 
U.S. State Department officials say they are monitoring the case, but have declined further comment.
 
It is not clear how long Wu's trial will last.
 
This report was produced in collaboration with the VOA Mandarin service.

You May Like

Video Pope Francis Hopes Dual Canonizations Will Reconcile Church

John the XXIII and John Paul II will be made saints in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square on April 27 More

Thailand Reacts to Plots Targeting Israelis

Authorities hope arrest of two Lebanese suspects will disrupt plot to attack young Israeli tourists More

Video In Capturing Nature's Majesty, Film Makes Case for Its Survival

'Once Upon a Forest' takes viewers deep into heart of tropical rainforest More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Anonymous
February 13, 2014 12:26 AM
China has bigger bandits that make Mr. Wu look like a saint. This is obviously warning other business persons to stoop down to their level or get out and stay out.


by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
February 12, 2014 10:17 AM
VOA answer your own question, why he entered China with a Hong Kong pass?
If he has multiple citizenships then China still has the right to trail him in China. More than that, even he is American if the crime happened in China then China has the right to trail him. Remember the British drug dealer executed in China?


by: Taichi Robinhood
February 12, 2014 5:01 AM
Justice is being served for those criminals no matter what nationality they are! Cheers for such trials!

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Pope Francis Hopes Dual Canonizations Will Reconcile Churchi
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X
Jerome Socolovsky
April 22, 2014 4:14 PM
On April 27, two popes - John the XXIII and John Paul II - will be made saints in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky says the dual canonization is part of the current pope’s program to reconcile liberals and conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church.
Video

Video Pope Francis Hopes Dual Canonizations Will Reconcile Church

On April 27, two popes - John the XXIII and John Paul II - will be made saints in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky says the dual canonization is part of the current pope’s program to reconcile liberals and conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church.
Video

Video In Capturing Nature's Majesty, Film Makes Case for Its Survival

French filmmaker Luc Jacquet won worldwide acclaim for his 2005 Academy Award-winning documentary "March of the Penguins". Now Jacquet is back with a new film that takes movie-goers deep into the heart of a tropical rainforest - not only to celebrate its grandeur, but to make the case for its survival. VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports.
Video

Video Boston Marathon Bittersweet for Many Runners

Monday's running of the Boston Marathon was bittersweet for many of the 36,000 participants as they finished the run that was interrupted by a double bombing last year. Many gathered along the route paid respect to the four people killed as a result of two bombings near the finish line. VOA's Carolyn Presutti returned to Boston this year to follow two runners, forever changed because of the crimes.
Video

Video Pacific Rim Trade Deal Proves Elusive

With the U.S.-led war in Iraq ended and American military involvement in Afghanistan winding down, President Barack Obama has sought to pivot the country's foreign policy focus towards Asia. One aspect of that pivot is the negotiation of a free-trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim nations. But as Obama leaves this week on a trip to four Asian countries he has found it very difficult to complete the trade pact. VOA's Ken Bredemeier has more from Washington.
Video

Video Robotic Mission Kicks Up Lunar Dust

A robotic mission to the moon was deliberately crashed onto the lunar surface late last week, but not before scientists had collected data gathered by the spacecraft which was designed to self-destruct. VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports on the preliminary findings of the craft, called LADEE - an acronym for Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer.
Video

Video Boko Haram Claims Responsibility for Bombing in Nigerian Capital

The Nigerian militant group known as Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a bombing in the capital on April 14th that killed 75 people. In the video message, Abubakar Shekau, the man who says he ordered the bombing, says nothing about the mass abduction of more than 100 teenage girls, most of whom are still missing. Heather Murdock has more for VOA from Abuja.
Video

Video Ukraine Developments Hang Over Obama Trip to Asia

President Barack Obama's trip to Asia this week comes as concerns over Beijing's territorial ambitions are growing in the region. Those concerns have been compounded by Russia's recent actions in Ukraine and the possibility that Chinese strategists might be looking to Crimea as a model for its territorial disputes with its neighbors. VOA's Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video Autistic Adults Face Housing, Job Challenges

Many parents of children with disabilities fear for the future of their adult child. It can be difficult to find services to help adults with disabilities - physical, mental or emotional - find work or live on their own. The mother of an autistic boy set up a foundation to advocate for the estimated 1.2 million American adults with autism, a developmental disorder that causes communication difficulties and often social difficulties. VOA's Faiza Elmasry reports.
AppleAndroid