採訪/陳漢 編輯/張天宇 後製/李智遠
Bo Xilai’s Forthcoming Trial: Has Sentence Already Been Decided?
China’s former Railway Minister Liu Zhijun was recently
given a suspended death sentence for corruption charges.
This was deemed “a light sentence, with lack
of impartiality”, according to the public opinion.
Someone has pointed out that Liu’s escape
from the death penalty has paved the way
for the forthcoming trial of Bo Xilai case.
Some legal professionals say that it can be inferred
from the verdicts of Liu Zhijun, Wang Lijun and Gu Kailai,
that Bo Xilai will probably be given lenient penalty.
Reportedly, the Bo Xilai case will be held
in August in Jinan, Shandong Province.
Radio France Internationale (RFI) reports
that Jinan Municipal Intermediate Court is
undertaking a rehearsal trial at the moment.
Li Zhuang, a Beijing lawyer, was jailed for 18 months
by Bo Xilai during his tenure in Chongqing.
Li told Hong Kong media that
Bo may face trial this September.
Li says that Bo’s trampling on rule of law and
his crimes against humanity are great evils.
Bo should never be given lenient sentence.
According to Li, the money that Bo amassed
from his anti-mafia campaigns against
local enterprises has all been used up.
Thus, it is impossible for these entrepreneurs
to have their seized assets returned from the
Chinese Communist Party (CCP) authorities.
The RFI report quotes an insider source, saying that the
major charge against Bo will be his involvement in bribery.
It is justified, as Dalian businessman Xu Xiaoming
had funded Bo’s son, who studied in the UK and USA.
According to another source close to Chongqing leaders,
Bo will be accused of taking bribes worth 8 million Yuan.
He will face a jail term between 10 years to 20 years.
Lan Shu, Critic: “Bo Xilai trampled on rule of law, and
launched anti-vice campaigns and of singing Maoist songs.
He did all these with the support of
two people, Gu Kailai and Wang Lijun.
However, both Gu and Wang weren’t charged for trampling
rule of law, nor for their involvement in the military coup plot.
If it continues along this path, Bo will only be
accused of work, and of sheltering Gu Kailai.”
In fact, Bo Xilai’s real crimes were far
more than these, according to Lan Shu.
The key to this case is whether or not the CCP authorities
dare to expose Bo’s real crimes, and the related darkness.
Outsiders think that Bo Xilai was engaged in “subversion
of state power" during his tenure in Chongqing.
Some lawyers consider that this particular crime is
actually only for the CCP to target Chinese dissidents.
Zhang Zanning, Professor at the Law
School at China’s Southeast University:
“It is likely Bo will be charged of various
crimes, such as abusing his powers.
I think he won’t be charged for ‘subversion of state
power’, which is generally only used on dissidents.
It is unlikely that this can be used on a
former high-ranking CCP official like Bo.”
The Chinese regime won’t investigate Bo’s
political crimes, and will only focus on his trial.
Public opinion suggests that the authorities have
avoided the major issues, but are only going
after petty issues, so as to divert public attention.
Lan Shu: “The public are not concerned
with how much money Bo has embezzled.
When Wang Lijun fled to the US Consulate, he
allegedly took documents with him that revealed
Bo’s involvement in trafficking human body parts
during his tenure in Liaoning, Chongqing and Dalian.
Behind this incident are reports of Bo’s participation
in harvesting organs from live Falun Gong practitioners.
This is the most concerning issue
for the international community.”
Some commentators said that from a political point
of view, in order to sentence Bo and to investigate
him would trigger an earthquake for the CCP.
This is what the CCP is most scared about.
Zhang Zanning: “Once this is all put on the table, not
only Bo, but also the CCP’s image will be damaged.
The CCP will lose its legitimacy, and its power is at stake.”
The Epoch Times commented that sooner or later, human
rights abusers like Bo will be punished for their crimes.
Although they have escaped punishment
for now, one day they will face justice.