採訪/朱智善 編輯/張天宇 後製/君卓
Chinese Communist Party High-Level Official –
No Bail for Raping Tour Guide
A Chinese Communist Party (CCP) official from Guangdong
was arrested during his visit to Australia by local police for
raping a tour guide.
His family planed to pay the huge amount of bail and get him
returned to China but was refused by the Australia police.
The incident has caused lots of discussions.
Netizens criticized CCP officials of damaging their image
Legal professionals point out that CCP officials are
punished for their crimes in a country ruled by law.
According to Australia’s The Age newspaper report on
November 7, Song Jingsong was arrested for raping a college
student who was a tour guide when he led the delegation
to visit Australia.
The court ruled he can be bailed but he must hand
in his passport.
He is forbidden to leave Australia and needs to report
to the police station every day.
Some netizens translated this news, posted to microblogs
in China where it caused a huge impact.
Many netizens asked to publish the identity of this official
and condemned him for damaging the country image overseas.
Chinese media also reported it.
Soon the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) mouthpiece
xinhuan.net reported on November 12.
They confirmed the identify of this man as Song Jinsong,
Deputy President of Guangdong Province City and Urban
Planning Design Institute (the Institute). He is also a member
of Guangdong Political Committee.
The Age Newspaper reported that Song Jinsong requested
the Melbourne Magistrates Court change the bail conditions,
hoping to return to China.
He promised after returning to China, he would report to
Guangzhou Police Station every day and return to Australia
once a month. Song Jinsong’s wife prepared 500,000
Australian dollars (about 2.85 million yuan) bail.
His two friends also provided additional 150,000
Australian dollars (about 856,000 yuan) deposit.
The police at Melbourne still did not approve Song’s bail.
With no extradition agreement between Australia and China,
Melbourne police dont believe the CCP would assist in
extraditing him to Australia if Song doesn’t return voluntarily.
U.S. Human Rights Lawyer in Washington Ye Ning:
“This official lost his mind.
He might be used to such things in China and has escaped
legal prosecution after bullying subordinates and the poor.
He did it in a western country that greatly respects
human rights and protects womens’ rights.
He will face very severe penalties for doing the same things.”
Some media questioned that Song Jinsong was arrested
in August and the Australian media reported it in November.
Three months have passed. Why didn’t Song’s employer
know about it, handle it and report it?
Facing the questions, the Institute responded that
Song Jinsong used his private passport.
His trip to Australia was not arranged by the Institute.
The Institute is also unclear what the delegation is about
mentioned by The Age Newspaper. The Institute only
found out after seeing the news.
Netizens responded that even if Song Jinsong’s trip was
private as the Institute claims, how can the Institute authorities
suggest they did not know about it for three months, which is
significantly over the duration of staying abroad.
It is said that Song Jinsong was bailed on two counts
of digital rape.
According to the law of Australia, the maximum penalty
of rape including digital rape, is life imprisonment.
Chinese legal professionals think in accordance with
the Chinese criminal law, this act does not constitute a rape.
It is defined as “Compulsory Humiliating Women," and only
carries a sentence of five-years jail or criminal detention.
So if Song Jinsong is extradited, he would hopefully get
Nanjing lawyers and Southeast University Law School
Professor Zhang Zanning: “There are many these kind of
officials who are rich and powerful.
They could use money and relationships to get
very light or no sentences.
They even threaten victims and force them to compromise.
There are many cases like this in China.
China is not a country ruled by law."
Currently, public opinions strongly urge the authorities
not to extradite Song Jinsong back to China.
He should go to trial in Australia.
People also want to know the answers to questions such as
whether Song used public funds for his trip to Australia.
What punitive measures regarding his leadership positions,
salary, etc. will occur during his stay in Australia once he
is convicted, and the source of the money for bail, etc.
NTDTV Reporters Zhu Zhishan and Zhang Tianyu