採訪/陳漢 編輯/尚燕 後製/王明宇
When Will Bo Xilao be Trialled?
January 28, hundreds of Chinese and overseas media
gathered at the gate of Guiyang Intermediate People’s Court,
without a definite answer to Bo Xilai’s trial.
This drew a large of number of people, who gathered to watch.
Vice president of Guiyang Intermediate Court,
Jiang Hao held a press conference denying the news.
There are many different versions of Bo Xilai’s trial.
Commentators pointed out the Chinese Communist
Party’s internal struggle is not yet over.
One article from HK’s Ta Kung Pao on Jan. 25 suddenly
put Guiyang Intermediate People’s Court on the spot.
It quoted a Beijing source, saying “Bo Xilai’s case will be on
trial Jan. 28 in Guiyang, capital city of Guizhou Province.”
Another source said “the case will be on trial for three days.”
Although Guiyang Intermediate People’s Court denied it
the day before, media and people still chose to believe in it.
Early morning of Jan. 28, they waited outside the gate for
Bo Xilai, who’s had no public appearances since March 2012.
Independent commentators Xing Tiangxing:
“It happened with a reason. There must be some cause.
Xi Jinping and other high-level officials hope to
fix the tone on Bo Xilai’s case before the Two Sessions.
It will help stabilize the situation in China, and especially
it will be a blow to those leftists who support Bo Xilai.”
Southeast University School of Law Professor Chang Zanning:
“I think this rumor has some background to it.
I imagine the trial will start before the Two Sessions.
It is complicated and the two factions within the CCP are
still fighting. That may be why it is being delayed."
English Global Times, which belongs to CCP’s official
newspaper People’s Daily,
quoted CCP high-level decision maker on Jan. 28 that
Bo Xilai’s case is expected to be on trial after the Two Sessions.
In early January, the Central Discipline Inspection Committee
announced a vague statement during a press conference.
It said Bo Xilai and others seriously violated the law & principle,
and have been handed over to the judiciary system,
implying to the trial will soon take place.
Yet no suspected charge has yet been mentioned.
The unclear official tone of Bo Xilai’s case, together with the
separation of Gu Kailai and Wang Lijun’s cases, along with
Bo’s case, there is full speculation on Bo’s charges.
Xing Tianxing: “The most critical issue is Bo Xilai’s sentence.
The publishing of Bo’s case centered mainly on corruption.
Serious crimes were not mentioned, such as organ harvesting
of Falun Gong practitioners, corpse trading and murder,
cases of which he was also involved in.”
Because of the official attitude, people try to find clues
from the replacement pattern of Bo’s attorneys.
Global Times reported that in Oct. 2012, Bo Xilai’s son
hired Beijing Weiheng Law Firm’s Li Xiaolin to defend him.
In November, 2012 Li Xiaolin was informed of being replaced.
Li Xiaolin defended Gu Kailai’s assistant Zhao Xiaojun.
Weiheng Law Firm’s webpage states that his expertise is
“criminal litigation, administrative proceedings,
economic and civil litigation and arbitration,
and intellectual property law business."
Currently, Li Guifang and Wang Zhaofeng of Beijing Deheng
Law Firm’s, are Bo Xilai’s defense lawyers.
According to the firm’s website, Li Guifang’s professional fields
are “dispute resolution" and “litigation arbitration & resolution.”
Wang Zhaofeng specializes in “real estate construction,
dispute resolution, labor and social security,
and intellectual property rights."
Xing Tiangxing: “There are many rumors and
ups and downs on the Bo Xilai case.
Whether this case will be trialled as Xi Jinping wishes,
depends on the outcome of the struggles between Hu Jintao,
Xi Jinping, Jiang Zemin & Zhou Yongkang."
The Bo Xilai case involves power struggles
behind layers and layers of scenes.
Renowned Chinese political scholar Liu Junning wrote on
his microblog on January 27: ‘Tomorrow is coming,
wait for the denial of the rumor. China as such a huge country,
yet has no more reliable sources other than mere rumors.’