|Lt. Gen. Gu Junshan|
an article in the PLA Daily, the CMC's [Central Military Commission] mouthpiece, delivered a strong hint that Gu's would be a closed-door trial. The newspaper yesterday cited Yu Xiao, a legal expert, as saying that Gu's trial might not be open as it might spotlight aspects of his job, including the production and procurement of tactical equipment, which are classified as military secrets.
"Cases involving military secrets concern national security and are not allowed to be tried in public in accordance with laws" and international judicial practice, Yu said.This case could be a turning point for PLA military justice. The better practice would be to close the courtroom doors only for those parts that truly involve classified information -- but that assumes the classification rules are applied in a reasonable fashion and according to known rules, rather than reflexively. And who will decide whether the doors are closed? A judge? A security official? Party leadership? Stay tuned.