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Zhou Yongkang Arrest – Justice or Political Blood Letting?
On February 6 2013, Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang,
using his real-name, wrote a timely article on former
Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Political
and Law Commission Secretary Zhou Yongkang,
He requested the authorities bring Zhou Yongkang to justice
for his crimes of the past 10 years, for the “maintenance of stability."
Today, one year later, Zhou Yongkang has been arrested.
But Pu Zhiqiang expressed that if the authorities charge
Zhou Yongkang for corruption, it won’t help improve the status
of rule by law in China.
Last February 6, Pu Zhiqiang published an article using his real
name on the three largest microblog sites – Sina, Tengxun and Sohu –
He accused Zhou Yongkang for bringing disaster to China!
Pu Zhiqiang said: “If we want to step out from the shadow
for the maintenance of stability, we must bring him to justice
for his social security comprehensive management model.
Many human tragedies were caused by Zhou Yongkang
directly or indirectly.
Zhou Yonkang’s ten years of rule even poisoned the world.
He is the real enemy of the people!"
This article was supported and spread by many netizens,but it
was quickly removed.
One year later, it is reported that Zhou Yongkang is currently
detained in Tianjin and is being watched by the 38 Army,
Hu Jintao’s trusted force.
It is also said that Zhou Yongkang is detained in a military base
in Inner Mongolia, and is in an unstable mental state.
Pu Zhiqiang believes that in the past year, the CCP authorities
carried out anti-corruption campaigns against the “Sichuan Faction,"
“Petroleum Gang" and the “Political and Legal system."
It is seen by the outside world as reprisals against Zhou Yongkang,
indeed, Zhou Yongkang has been removed.
But it is not what Pu Zhiqiang was looking forward to.
Pu Zhiqiang emphasized that the CCP authorities’ trial of
former Chongqing party Secretary Bo Xilai
and their investigation on Zhou Yongkang are both economic,
driven and have nothing to do with the rule of law or justice.
Pu Zhiqiang: “To arrest Zhou Yongkang in the name of corruption
or to charge Bo Xilai for using his own way of torturing people
do not mean progress for China’s rule of law.
We cannot simply say that China is better with the arrest of
We need to see how his arrest and trial will be conducted.
Will he be brought to trial for corruption or his politics?"
It is understood that the Politics and Law Committee under the
leadership of Zhou Yongkang was immune from prosecution,
immune from the legal system and was even above the law.
Huge funds and resources were used to attack petitioners,
Falun Gong practitioners and dissidents.
During Zhou Yongkang’s tenure, the CCP’s Political and Legal
Committee stability maintenance expenses jumped sharply,
even surpassing the than national defense budget.
Chinese legal professionals generally believe that during
Zhou Yongkang’s term as the Minister of Public Security
and Party Secretary of the Political and Legal Committee,
the China’s legal system rapidly retreated,social order
the number of serious criminal cases remained high,
underground gangs became rampant and basic human rights
were non existent.
Recently news from Beijing confirms that assets collected and
exploited by Zhou Yongkang reached hundreds of billion yuan.
It is the largest corruption case in the history of the CCP.
Jiang Zemin, Zeng Qinghong and other CCP former leaders
are all deeply involved in Zhou Yongkang’s case.
Then on what pretext will the CCP sue Zhou Yongkang?
Beijing political observer Hua Po thinks the CCP authorities
will for sure sue Zhou Yongkang on grounds of corruption.
Hua Po: “Zhou Yongkang’s crimes are not only corruption.
His crimes are crimes against humanity.But it is not possible for
the CCP to reveal all of his crimes.
If all of his crimes are made public it would be a dilemma
for the CCP.
Therefore the CCP arrested Zhou Yongkang in the name of corruption,
just like what it did for the Bo Xilai case."
According to insiders close to high-level officials in Beijing,
the core issue of the CCP’s internal struggle is how to handle
the anti-humanity crimes against Falun Gong committed by
former CCP leader Jiang Zemin and Zhou Yongkang.
Because the situation is serious, most of the CCP senior officials
do not want to take the responsibilities for the “Jiang Zemin faction."
On February 4 2014, the CCP Central Commission for Discipline
sent a warning of “Double Checking" on major corruption cases,
including members responsible as well their leaders.
Chinese writer Tie Liu points out the CCP authorities have
locked-on former Vice President Zeng Qinghong and
Tie Liu: “The lock will be on Zeng Qinghong and Jiang Zemin.
Zeng Qinghong’s son is already in trouble.
The arrest of Zhou Yongkang also started with this son.
Jiang Zemin’s son is also mentioned."
It was reported on December 26, 2013, the second day after
the 610 Office (office on persecuting Falun Gong) Leader
Li Dongsheng was dismissed,
China’s caijing net published a column on the “China Mobile Case".
The first article was about the two largest corruption cases
of state-owned enterprises – China National Petroleum
and China Mobile.
The article revealed that Jiang Mianheng with the support of
Jiang Zemin,built his telecommunication kingdom within
several years with ease.
The profit of China Mobile is shocking.
With Zhou Yongkang’s removal,who will be next?
Interview/ChangChun Edit/ChenJie Post-Production/ZhouTian