|Lt Gen Gu Junshan|
Su Yong, the former head of a PLA military court, said a military tribunal is different from a civilian court as the military court is not only responsible for trials but also has a major role in conducting political activities in the military.
Xie Dan, an expert in military justice, said that over 95% of criminal cases handled by military courts had military lawyers serving as defense counsel, especially in major criminal cases involving senior military officials, and lawyers had "very little room for defense."
Observers are carefully selected and usually only those who were related to the defendants or their subordinates are permitted to attend.Editor's note: we have not been awarding Georges lately, but the process described here deserves one (or more). See generally Draft Principles Governing the Administration of Justice Through Military Tribunals, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/2006/58 (2006).