Xi Jinping‘s Fight Back Behind Lawyer Li Zhuang’s Arrest
On Nov. 7, Fu Yang, son of Peng Zhen, veteran leader of
the Chinese Communist Party (CCP),
disclosed news behind lawyer Li Zhuang’s arrest.
Two months after Bo Xilai imprisoned Beijing-based lawyer
Li Zhuang, Xi Jinping went to inspect a law firm in Beijing.
Fu Yang said that this was an “unprecedented” action
for CCP leaders in history.
Commentators say that CCP central authorities have long
known of Bo Xilai’s attempt to take over the top power.
The battle between central and Bo Xilai has long existed.
Whilst Bo Xilai used Li Zhuang’s arrest to challenge the
central, Xi Jinping fought back by inspecting a law firm.
Caijing.com.cn reported that Fu Yang gave a speech
at a Chinese lawyers’ circle forum on Nov. 7.
Fu Yang is head of Beijing Kangda Law Firm.
He said that in China, lawyers, especially criminal defense
lawyers, are facing major opportunities and significant risks.
Fu Yang cited several cases, one of them was
the sensational case of lawyer Li Zhuang.
Fu Yang said, “Over two years ago, while Chongqing
authorities arrested the lawyer (Li Zhuang), Xi Jinping went inspecting a law firm in Beijing.
This was the first time since 1949 that the supreme leader of
the Party and state has visited a law firm.”
Li Zhuang is one of the partners of the Kangda Law Firm.
In Dec. 2009, Chongqing authorities sentenced Li Zhuang
to 1.5 years in jail for his defense of Gong Gangmo,
the alleged “head of the local mafia”. Li Zhuang was
charged for the crime of “forging evidence”.
The case quickly and greatly shocked China’s lawyer circle.
In January 2010, Xi Jinping went inspecting Beijing-based
Deheng Law Firm.
At the time, Xi said that lawyers have played an important
role in promoting social equity, justice, and stability.
Li Zhuang says that he was then imprisoned and cut off
from the outside world. He dares not link his capture to Xi Jinping’s inspection of a law firm.
Yet he believes that philosophically speaking, the world
exists full of causal links.
Li Zhuang(Lawyer, Beijing): “A butterfly shaking its wings is
inextricably linked to an Indian Ocean tsunami.
We might never decipher the link,
but it definitely exists.
In terms of modern cosmology, any phenomenon or
substance is a display of ‘multiple causes to one effect’."
Zhang Yaojie, scholar at Chinese Academy of Arts, says
that battle between Bo Xilai and the CCP central authorities
has long existed, the latter has long planned on combating Bo.
Zhang Yaojie (Scholar, Chinese Academy of Arts): “In fact,
striking out against Bo Xilai didn’t begin with the Wang Lijun incident.
The central authorities have prepared for years.
They had been ready to embark on the blow before
Li Zhuang was arrested in Chongqing.
As for Xi’s law firm inspection, he supposedly had
the intention of indirectly support ing lawyers.”
Zhang Yaojie remarks that Bo Xilai would certainly enter
the CCP’s 7-member Politburo even he did nothing and was a fool.
Yet, Bo wanted more; he eyed the top power, and his
attempt was also well discerned by CCP central leadership.
Zhang Yaojie: “Bo Xilai had long disliked the incumbent
top leaders, either Hu Jintao or Xi Jinping.
He thought himself more competent and eyed that seat,
and he never concealed that attempt.
After Li Zhuang was arrested, a lawyer friend told me that
Fu Yang said one day he would settle this score with Bo.
Fu Yang couldn’t willingly submit to
Bo’s capture of his man."
Zhang Yaojie reveals that the case of Li Zhuang became
a battle between Bo Xilai and CCP central authorities.
By accidentally arresting Li Zhuang, Bo aimed to demonstrate
his strength towards the CCP central, he says.
Zhang Yaojie: “The object of his demonstration also included
Fu Yang. This was because normally, no one dares to make trouble with Fu Yang, but Bo Xilai dared.
So it’s like playing a Go game, when Bo captured a stone,
this side of course reacted accordingly.
That’s why Xi Jinping inspected a law firm."
Fu Yang, the deputy director of the All China
Lawyers Association, is the second son of Peng Zhen,
ex-chairman of the Standing Committee of the CCP
National People’s Congress (NPC).
Zheng Xiaohu, deputy chief of the Kangda Law Firm,
is the son of Zheng Tianxiang, ex-president of the
CCP Supreme Court.
Kangda’s other deputy chief, Lin Xingyu, is the daughter of
Lin Feng, ex-vice chairman of the NPC Standing Committee.