Wang’s Verdict May Be Released on Monday
On September 21, Reuters, the Associated Press,
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC),
and a number of mainstream Western media released news
stating that according to Chengdu Intermediate People’s Court,
the verdict of Wang Lijun, former Vice Mayor of Chongqing
and director of Public Security Bureau, will be announced at 8:30am on Monday.
According to the Hong Kong Commercial Radio,
the court claimed the audit seats had already filled up,
and the court will consider arranging a conference
to issue a ruling after the verdict.
Wang Lijun, the right hand man of former Mayor of Chongqing,
Bo Xilai, was accused of favoritism, defection,
abuse of power, and bribery.
Wang was put on trial at the Chengdu Intermediate People’s
Court on September 17 and 18, but the trial on September 17 was closed to the public.
It is understood that Wang Lijun has no objection
to the charges against him.
But public opinion said Wang Lijun won’t be
sentenced to death.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) mouthpiece, Xinhua News
Agency, disclosed that Bo Xilai may be involved in the crimes.
It is widely expected the CCP leadership will announce whether
Bo Xilai faces criminal charges after Wang Lijun’s sentencing.
Hu Jintao May Keep Position in Military
With the approach of the CCP personnel transition, the public
is focused on whether Hu Jintao will resign from all positions after the 18th National People’s Congress (NPC) meeting.
British Times published an article of Leo Lewis,
one of their correspondents in Beijing on September 21,
saying the U.S. policy change may lead Hu Jintao to retain
his position as commander-in-chief of military.
The article quoted military analysts’ words, saying the CCP
has yet to make a decision on who should serve as next chairman of the Central Military Commission.
There is still intense competition amongst high level CCP
for the position in control of the world’s largest army.
The article said that the United States has mobilized more
resources and power to Asia to contain China’s military expansion.
Hu Jintao needs to convince the inner-party factions of the
importance of the military power transition to the new leadership,
so as to eliminate the impact of the focus change
being made by Washington DC.
Police In Liaoning Shot People
On September 21, violent disputes regarding land seizure
took place in Twenty Miles, Xinglongtai District, Panjin, Liaoning Province.
When police attempted to forcibly seize land,
they shot people, causing 1 fatality and 3 injuries.
The Epoch Times reported that according to local people,
at around 9am, Zhang, a team leader at Xinglong Farm,
Longtai District, Panjin, along with about 100 urban
drove a grapple machine to Wang’s cropland,
trying to level the crops forcibly.
Wang’s family resisted with great efforts.
When police arrived, they continuously shot at Wang’s family.
Wang Shujie was killed on the scene.
His parents were shot in the knees and arms.
Afterwards, police forcibly took away Wang’s body,
as well as Wang’s wife. Her whereabouts is unknown.
The Epoch Times quoted an insider who said the vicious
incident has caused a sensation throughout Panjin, and many heard the gunfire.
After the incident, Panjin authorities blocked the news,
and the cell phones of people who took pictures of the scene were confiscated and destroyed.
Now, family members of the deceased victim are all under
the control of the authorities.