Bo Xilai’s Real Crime Was Hidden—Li Zhuang
The University of Pennsylvania Law School recently hosted
a discussion with leading rights protection lawyers
and scholars from mainland China, addressing the topic of
“Rights Litigation, Law and Political Reform in China.”
Many lawyers addressed their utmost concerns
on mainland China’s judiciary system.
Beijing attorney Li Zhuang mentions
the so-called typical communist legal system.
He says Bo Xilai’s case clearly demonstrates how
the system covers up the truth and bloody crimes.
On Sep. 27, attorney Li Zhuang, blogger Zhu Ruifeng,
women’s rights lawyer Guo Jianmei, human rights scholar
Liu Junning, China specialists and international rights experts
participated in talks on Chinese rights protection movements
and wider issues of legal and political reform in China,
held at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
About the controversial Bo Xilai case, attorney Li Zhuang
says authorities intentionally covered up the crimes,
giving him a life sentence only for bribery.
Li Zhuang, Beijing Attorney:
“During the trial in Jinan Court, none of his most serious
and fundamental crimes were revealed; none of his violent,
abusive, horrific crimes committed under his fascist tyranny
during his post in Chongqing were mentioned."
Li Zhuang believes many people have been deceived
by the act played out by Bo Xilai and the communist regime.
People have even compared Bo’s sentence with other corrupt
officials’ and have felt sorry for Bo.
“He interrupted the reform and opening, destroyed the private
economy, and ruined the historical system of China—all these
crimes are far worse than the 20-million yuan he collected.”
“His crimes are bigger than other corrupt officials’, such as
Liu Zhijun, and Zhang Shuguang—those two are a shame
to the legal system, but are relatively simple."
Two recent trials form a clear contrast to Bo’s life sentence;
they are Zeng Chengjie’s and Xia Junfeng’s cases—both
receiving death sentences—and they have become a pain
for Chinese lawyers.
It confirms Marx’s statement on proletarian struggle:
“law reflects the will of the ruling class"—and it devastates
the lawyers’ confidence in China’s judicial system.
“It is a chaos—same crimes, different sentences;
one lives, the other dies—this chaotic, inconsistent standard
means the law is being abused."
Lawyers say the darkness of the Chongqing judicial system
reflects a miniature of what is displayed across China.
The political movement of “praising communism
and beating crimes” during Bo Xilai and Wang Lijun’s posts
in Chongqing can be seen everywhere in China.
Liu Junning, Human Rights Scholar:
“I believe Chinese law is affected greatly by two factors,
which are changing the law everyday—the authorities’
intervention for one, and the relevant interest the other—
authority and interest interfere with the law from within."
Attorny Li Zhuang has been wrongfully sentenced
by the Chinese communist regime.
Since then, Chinese lawyers have realized
the dangers of being a loner.
Li Zhuang says only by working together
will lawyers avoid persecution by the regime.
The unity of lawyers may shine like a glimpse of hope
for people in the darkness of China’s corruption.
Edit/Zhang Tianyu Post-production/Liyong