Chinese Media: Materials for An Open Trial of Zhou Yongkang
Now In Preparation
A Chinese media report said the Chinese Communist Party
(CCP) is now preparing for an open trial of Zhou Yongkang.
A legal scholar commented that Zhou’s case is finally
put into judicial practice.
An open trial of Zhou can be equally important as that
of the “Gang of Four".
On September 1, Time Weekly published an article titled
“Productivity of Anit-corruption".
The next day, the article was forwarded first by CCTV and
People’s Daily websites and then by most Chinese media.
However, Time Weekly removed the article
from its website on September 2.
This is not unusual. Similar stories were seen especially
when the CCP tried to reveal some news to the public.
In comparison, both People’s Daily and CCTV websites used
a new title to forward the article:
“Corrupt Officials of Energy Sector May Have Embezzled
Hundreds of Billions".
Some other Chinese media reported the story more
directly, as they used the following title:
“Sources Said an Open Trial of Zhou Yongkang Is in
Preparation: Materials Verification Are in Progress."
Obviously, this is the real key information in the 4,000-word
Time Weekly’s article.
The original text is “According to a latest report, the amount
of money involved in Zhou’s case is under verification and
materials for an open trial is also under preparation."
Zhang Zanning, law professor at Southeast University, “the
term “open trial" suggests the stage of judicial investigation.
We won’t say “open trial" if the case is still at the hands
of the party’s Discipline Inspection Commission.
This is currently the most important case in China. Probably
it is equally as important to that of the “Gang of Four"."
The Xinhua News Agency reported on July 29 that, Zhou
Yongkang had committed “serious discipline violations",
and was being investigated by the Central Discipline
However, the less-than-100-word briefing only mentioned
“discipline violation", but not “breach of law".
After the investigation of Zhou was announced, all Chinese
and foreign media are asking the same question:
Is Zhou Yongkang the end of the story?
In the meeting of Consultative Conference Standing
Committee on August 25, someone asked whether there
are any “bigger tigers" behind Zhou Yongkang.
Wang Qishan said with a smile “You will know
the answer step by step."
Multiple overseas Chinese media said, from Wang Lijun,
Bo Xilai to Zhou Yongkang, Xi Jinping’s campaign would
finally “extend to Jiang Zemin". Sources said Jiang had
repeatedly attempted to stop Xi’s campaign against Zhou.
The Trends magazine said Xi had been assassinated
six times after taking power.
In Xi’s campaign against “both tigers and flies", over 40
provincial-level or higher officials had fallen.
Just in the energy sector, which was ruled by Zhou in earlier
times, over a dozen high officials had been investigated.
About 30 officials were dismissed in other places closely
related to Zhou, including the Politics and Law system,
Ministry for Public Security, the SASAC, and provincial
governments of Hainan and Sichuan.
Huang Jinqiu, director of Asian Newsweek, “the current CCP
leaders polarized any people on corruption charges.
This is to reduce resistance.
Finally they plan to destroy all protection outer-rings
of the target group."
“Anti-corruption" and “reform" are the most frequently
used words after the new CCP leader group came to power.
The CCP officially said it is very clear that “anti-corruption"
serves to clear the way for “reform".
Lan Shu, potlicial commentator, “from all those reports, the
CCP said nothing more than bribery or embezzlement when
talking about Zhou’s crimes.
Zhou has bloody debts, as he murdered numerous people.
However, the CCP has never mentioned all those crimes.
The goal of its anti-corruption campaign and reform is still
to protect its regime, and so will never succeed."
Hu Ping, editor-in-chief of Beijing Spring magazine,
said if Zhou refuses to cooperate or even makes
desperate moves in the open trial, the consequences
can be unimaginable.
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