採訪/陳漢 編輯/王子琦 後製/孫寧
Presiding Judge over Wang Lijun’s Case Dismissed
Since the end of last year, many major cases came out
of Sichuan Province.
Recently, earth-shaking events happened to
a large number of officials from Sichuan.
Among them, the most notable was undoubtedly the dismissal
of the judge who presided over the Wang Lijun case.
According to Hong Kong media reports, the world’s attention
will be on the trial of Bo Xilai on August 23.
What is the inside story of the Chinese Communist Party’s
(CCP) dismissal of this judge at this time?
With the approaching trial of Bo Xilai, unusual personnel
changes appeared among Sichuan officials.
On August 13, the Chengdu Municipal Organization
Department official website issued 44 notifications for appointments and dismissals.
A total of 51 officials were dismissed, including Zhong Er Pu,
the trial judge of the Wang Lijun case.
This news quickly attracted media attention
at home and abroad.
On August 14, when questioned by the Mainland media,
Zhong Er Pu replied that he was old enough to retire.
Outsiders doubted his explanation of age.
Netizens said online that Zhong was born in 1965
and was 48 this year.
Reporter Liu Yiming, China magazine, Wuhan:
“It is abnormal to retire at 48.
Most likely, his superiors consider him to have been
Strangely enough, currently, there are two different versions
of Zhong’s age circulating on the Internet.
Both the years 1965 and 1953 were simultaneously listed
on Baidu Encyclopedia.
Some media said that Zhong was born in 1959.
21st Century Business Herald reporter Li Wei Ao said
on his blog that people from Chengdu Intermediate Court alleged Zhong is over 60.
According to Mainland retirement rules, in order to retire,
male officials of the CCP and government organizations,
mass organizations, enterprises and institutions need to be
at least 60 years of age with at least a 10-year work history,
over fifty years of age with at least a 10-year work history
plus official proof of total loss of ability to work from
a hospital, or show proof of a disability that resulted from
work (after the hospital proves the inability to work.)
News regarding the dismissal of Zhong Er Pu and the trial
of Bo being held on August 23 appeared at the same time.
Micro Video host Zhao Pei said that observers believed
there was something peculiar with Zhong’s dismissal.
However, two questions need answers.
Why is the CCP unhappy with Zhong?
And what kind of impact will his dismissal have
on Bo’s trial?
The Wang Lijun incident in February 2012 caused
strong concern at home and abroad.
On September 24, Chengdu Intermediate People’s Court
sentenced Wang Lijin to seven years for favoritism,
nine years for bribery, and two years for defection
and abuse of power.
Micro Video host Zhao Pei: “Defection and abuse of power
both touch on state secrets and a secret trial.
They received a sentence of only two years combined.
That means Wang’s two crimes could be extenuated and
the outcome of Wang’s case will be brought into Bo’s trial.
It is believed that abuse of power also applies to Bo
and will result in a secret trial.
It was learned during Wang’s secret trial that his
eavesdropping on high ranking officials under Bo’s order was considered an abuse of power.”
Zhao Pei analyses that if senior officials are dissatisfied with
Zhong Er Pu, it is probably due to his sentencing of Wang,
as he was too light on the crimes of defection and abuse
of power and too heavy on two other ordinary crimes.
Zhao Pei: “If this is true, Bo Xilai’s abuse of power would
be sentenced severely, and two economic crimes will not.
Another point is that it’s also possible that someone wants
to put more pressure on the presiding judge to sentence Bo heavily.”
Radio France Internationale reported that foreign media
outlets were banned from attending Wang Lijun’s case,
so they could not hear his statements in court.
However, Judge Zhong Er Pu heard everything and
what he heard will become confidential forever.
Taiwan’s Central News Agency reports directly alleged
that it is a norm for the CCP to take a “freezing” measure to avoid major case leak.