H K Media Suspects Youth Executed For His Kidney
Hugjiltu, a teenager from Inner Mongolia, executed 18 years ago
has finally been found innocent by the authorities.
Another similar case has appeared in the spotlight;
Hebei youth, Nie Shubin, was hastily executed 19 years ago.
The only evidence was his “confession".
Media reveal a politician was in need of a kidney transplant
at the time.
It coincided with the rumor that Nie was killed ‘on demand.’
The Nie Shubin case was a sensational murder case
with two suspects.
Recently, Beijing Supreme Court ordered the High Court
of Shandong Province to review Nie’s case.
His mother, Zhang Huanzhi, seemed to see hope!
She urged the court to conduct a thorough investigation
and acquit her son posthumously of the charges.
Apple Daily reported the shady facts hidden in Nie’s execution.
His death could have been related to the diplomat Zhang Hanzhi.
It has been widely discussed on the Internet that
Shijiazhuang court had doubts on Nie’s case in 1995
and suggested a reprieve.
At the same time, Zhang Hanzhi was in need
of a kidney transplant for suffering from uremia.
A blood type match was found between Nie and Zhang.
The high authorities ordered the execution to save Zhang.
However shocking the assertion may sound,
Law Professor Zhang Zanning thinks it plausible.
Nanjing lawyer Zhang Zanning: “Back in the late seventies,
there was a political case in Jiangxi.
The prisoner Zhong Haiyuan was executed to give kidneys
to a cadre’s offspring.
The shot was deliberately aimed at the right chest
to avoid the heart in order to harvest the kidneys.
Situations like this have happened."
Apple Daily indicated, Zhang Hanzhi’s daughter, Hung Huang,
after being forwarded the news that Nie’s case is being
re-investigated, was questioned by netizens:
“It is reported that your mother
had Nie’s kidney after he was killed.
Be it for the public or for a self-serving purpose,
you should face it openly." Huang has made no comment.
Zhang Hanzhi, former Director of Asian Affairs,
was Mao Zedong’s English tutor.
In early 2008, she died of lung and kidney failure.
She twice had kidney transplants.
After her first kidney transplant,
it was said that Nie was the donor.
She also disclosed it herself, “I have earned 12 extra years."
The kidney transplant was done by Zhu Youhua, director
of the Organ Transplant Center, Shanghai Changzheng Hospital,
who is also director of the PLA army
Organ Transplantation Institute.
According to Chinese media reports,
Shanghai Changzheng Hospital carried out 3,500 cases
of kidney transplant between 1978 and 2009,
ranking first in the country.
Nearly half of it was done by Zhu Youhua.
The highest record was 5 kidney transplants in a day.
The large resources of organs has caused widespread speculation.
The most plausible argument is that death row prisoners
and Falun Gong practitioners are the source.
Official data of Shanghai Changzheng Hospital shows, that for
liver transplant alone, there were only a few in 1996.
But the number of liver transplants started to increase
dramatically in 2000 and 2001 and continued to go up
after the persecution of Falun Gong started in 1999.
It further confirms the massacre of Falun Gong practitioners
has been related to live organ harvesting.
To get rid of the accusation of live organ harvesting,
Health Minister Huang Jiefu claimed in 2012 that
executed prisoners were the major source of organs.
However, extracting organs from death row prisoners
has also been much criticized.
Prof. Zhang Zanning has commented in his essay of the 80s:
The removal of organs from executed prisoners for transplant
is not moral, or even legal.
It should be completely banned.
But the authorities have ignored the issue.
Zhang Zanning: “Although it is said the donation was voluntary,
the prisons in China are not open to independent inspection.
There is no supervision of the prisons.
That means even if the prisoners did not volunteer,
they can be manipulated to be volunteers.
There is no way to find out if it is indeed voluntary."
Under public pressure, the Supreme Court in Beijing has
agreed an off-site review of Nie’s case by Shandong High Court.
However, the complexity of the case has people suspect
no positive outcome to redress his family’s grievance.