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Controversial Prosecutor Under Bo Xilai Back in Limelight

Veteran Beijing lawyer Li Zhuang stands trial in Chongqing in February 2010 on charges of falsifying evidence. Yao Ning was the prosecutor at this trial, however it was later discovered that allegations of soliciting a sex worker she made against Li were untrue. Photo: Visual China
Veteran Beijing lawyer Li Zhuang stands trial in Chongqing in February 2010 on charges of falsifying evidence. Yao Ning was the prosecutor at this trial, however it was later discovered that allegations of soliciting a sex worker she made against Li were untrue. Photo: Visual China

A controversial prosecutor who rose to fame under disgraced party heavyweight Bo Xilai is back in the limelight for refusing to come to grips with her role in an earlier campaign to crack down on political rivals, orchestrated by Bo and his police chief.

Yao Ning, 40, was involved in nearly half of the more than 20 cases that charged over three hundred individuals — some innocent — of gang violence in the southwestern municipality of Chongqing, where Bo served as the party secretary from 2007 to 2012. Those targeted included police officers, public servants and business people critical of Bo’s rule.

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