Trial of accused temple slayer to be televised
Updated: 2006-10-14 18:37
BEIJING - A local Chinese court will allow a
television station to broadcast the trial of a man accused of murdering 10
people at a Taoist temple which begins next Thursday.
Qiu Xinghua, a 47-year old farmer, is charged
with murdering the temple abbot, five staff and four pilgrims at the Tiewadian
temple in Ankang in Shaanxi Province, local prosecutors said.
Qiu was reported to have quarreled with temple
staff as he thought the abbot had flirted with his wife. He's accused for
stabbing the victims to death as they slept on the night of July 14th.
After a nation-wide manhunt, Qiu was arrested
in mid August. National and local media have provided extensive coverage of the
Qiu's case, a rarity in China.
Qui's trial begins at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at
Ankang Railway Transportation Court in Ankang city of the northwestern province
of Shaanxi, the Beijing News reported Saturday.
The trial will be fully covered by Ankang
Television Station, the paper said.
Previous media reports portrayed Qiu as a
farmer with serious psychological problems and asked the public to be more
caring and sympathetic to farmers living in poor villages.