Updates: verdict, sentence reduced in death of Amanda Zhou

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

The family of a young Chinese woman killed in BC in 2002 say they are devastated by the reduction of her killer’s conviction and sentence.

The ruling of China’s highest appeal court came down early Monday in China.

Ang Li’s first degree murder conviction in Amanda Zhou’s death has been reduced to manslaughter, the life sentence reduced to seven years. The NDP’s Jenny Kwan read a statement from Zhou’s mother.

“We neither understand nor accept the ruling. The ruling changes our opinion about the fairness of the law. The ruling abundantly represents that the law can be bought with power or money in China.”

Li’s father, a high-ranking official, was apparently in the closed-door appeal hearing. Kwan says appeal documents say Li killed Zhou in a pillow fight gone wrong.


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