Rule of Immunity from Formal Investigation broken Via Zhou Yongkang’s downfall
China announced an investigation into former Politburo
Standing Committee member, Zhou Yongkang.
No title has been used in front of his name
State-run media cited an academic: this is a sign Zhou
will be expelled from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
This announcement also hinted the regime
has plenty of evidence in hand.
Retired Beijing officials praised Xi Jinping’s breaking the rule
“Politburo Standing Committee members are immune
from formal investigation.”
Du Daozheng, former director of Yanhuangchunqiu magazine
told NTD Television that Zhou would be handed over
to judicial organs later.
Du Daozheng: “The regime said Zhou has broken the law.
As for violation of the law, I think it refers to his corruption,
gangs and others matters.
I think he has big problems.
Now he is investigated internally not through
the procedure of the law.
Later, he will be handed over to the court.”
Regarding rumors about Zhou and Bo Xilai having
plotted a coup, and prevented Xi Jinping’s succession,
Du says that many rumors were actually
Du Daozheng: “I guess they have plenty evidence in hand,
otherwise, this is not an easy decision to make.
They likely hold material that may be published later.
They would reveal it randomly, by doing so,
they must have firm evidence.
Whether Zhou has political ambition, artifice, taking power,
even plotting a coup and more.
It is hard to announce these now.”
Yang Jisheng, deputy director of Yanhuanchunqiu magazine
says that Xi Jinping taking Zhou down
scores well with public opinion.
Yang Jisheng: “Firstly, such a corrupt official being
taken down has agreed with people’s thinking.
Secondly, it broke the rule of “Politburo Standing Committee
members are immune from formal investigation.”
Guo Daohui, former deputy director of the National
People’s Congress Law Committee says that the
judicial system controlled by Zhou for several years
lacked justice, and corruption became rampant.
Guo Daohui: “General cadres, especially legal cadres,
or people in legal circles dislike Zhou.
I think he has a problem, he should be charged.
Now the central regime plans to deal with him,
Public speculation on Zhou’s fate varies.
Some say the regime likely would treat him as
it dealt with Huang Ju, a soft landing or internal punishment.
Because in CCP history, no one has been dismissed for
corruption from the Standing Committee
Yang Jisheng said Beijing announced that Zhou was under
investigation, indicating Xi Jinping is determined to fight corruption.
It also shows he has great capability.
In addition, with the support of an improving situation
and public opinion, it’s a perfect time to take Zhou Yongkang down.
Leng Jiefu, former dean of Renmin University of China said
that Chen Shui-bian, former president of Taiwan reportedly
breached the law and was being sentenced.
Nicolas Sarkozy, former French president was detained
on suspicion of corruption.
Why cannot a CCP Standing Committee member be sentenced?
Leng Jiefu: “How many assets has Zhou embezzled,
according to the law, he should be shot to death.
Without doing so, how can the country be run better?
They must do according to the law.
The rule “Politburo Standing Committee members
are immune from formal investigation,” is totally wrong.
I suggest they punish him strictly according to the law.
If he meets the condition to be executed,
then they should shoot him without hesitation.”
Leng Jiefu says he heard news about Zhou even
when Zhou was still on the Standing Committee.
It includes Zhou killing his ex-wife in order to marry a young
China Central TV presenter.
Jiang Zemin, former CCP leader also should take responsibility
for Zhou’s decline in morality.
Leng Jiefu: “Jiang Zemin’s improper relations with
Song Zuying, has set a bad example.
Other staff would learn from him.
Then why not other members of the Standing
Committee do the same.
Then members of Politburo, ministers, governors, county leaders,
township leaders, villager leaders and on.
They all do the same on each level.”
After the announcement of Zhou’s investigation,
Caijing.com confirmed that Zhou Yongkang’s son Zhou Bin
has been arrested on suspicion of illegally running a business.
The arrest warrant was issued by Yichang Court, Hubei Province.
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