采访/陈汉 编辑/宋风 后制/萧宇
Bo Xilai ends the big Case of the Century with a “Smile”
At 10am on 25th October, Shangdong Higher People’s Court
opened with the verdict on the appeal’s trial of Bo Xilai,
former Chongqing party secretary, for “bribery, corruption,
and abuse of power”.
The court dismissed the appeal, and upheld the life sentence,
which is also the final verdict in this case.
The party mouthpiece, CCTV shows Bo Xilai wearing
handcuffs and his gaunt face forcing a smile
while listening to the sentencing result.
The political drama of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)
has finally come to an end under widespread concern.
On 25th October, Bo Xilai’s second trial saw his appeal being
dismissed and and the verdict being upheld.
The party mouthpiece CCTV shows Bo Xilai wearing handcuffs,
and his tired face forced a smile while listening to the result.
Bo Xilai was taken out of the courtroom,
by bailiffs at the end.
People who observed the hearing included Bo’s family
Bo Xiyong, Bo Xicheng, Li Wangzhi, etc. and more than
100 reporters and people from different social communities.
The second instance verdict is the final judgement on Bo,
which means that Bo Xilai’s 64 year old
political life has ended.
It may be Bo’s last public appearance.
Compared to the 1st trial on Sept. 22,
Bo’s attitude has changed.
On Sept. 22, Bo was arrogant, and even roared in the courtroom
after the judgment, and was forcibly taken away.
Wang Cheng, a Chinese rights lawyer:
He thought he was more capable than Xi Jinping
and should be in a higher position than Xi.
External commentary says what China’s high level is
promoting now is similar to Bo Xilai’s method.
Thus, Bo may think he was right.
He may feel wronged.
That’s probably the case.
Lawyer Wang Cheng believes that for such a political case,
Bo Xilai’s appeal is meaningless
unless the political environment undergoes an enormous change.
The principal, Tang Baiqiao, of the Democracy Academy of China
in New York: Big cases like Bo Xilai’s case are decided by the
CCP’s highest leaders and not by the court nor the judge.
How can the highest authority and leaders
subvert their own decision?
Tang Baiqiao indicates that the CCP has never subverted
the verdict in an appeal’s trial on major cases.
Insider arrangements were already made.
The so-called sentencing was just a drama
played to the outside world.
The Chinese language media Epoch Times in the US
pointed out that the core crime hidden by the CCP
is a “coup” and links directly to “live organ harvesting.”
World Organization To Investigate The Persecution of Falun
Gong (WOIPFG) published an open letter to party leader,
Xi Jinping about Bo Xilai’s case on Sept. 21 and 24.
The letter indicates that Bo Xilai and Zhou Yongkang are
the prime culprits of live organ harvesting.
WOIPFG provided evidence of 8 crimes committed by
Jiang Zemin, Zhou Yongkang, Bo Xilai, etc,
including genocide, crimes against humanity
and crimes of torture to Falun Gong.
The letter says liquidation of the persecution of Falun Gong
is a battle of protecting human morality!
The persecution of Falun Gong was started by Jiang Zemin,
and has lasted to today.
Whoever is in power, it’s their responsibility to eliminate
the crime and punish the criminals.
Otherwise, they become the accomplice.
Li Shanjian, an independent commentator of China issues:
To Xi Jinping’s group, he won’t have much time and chances.
He is wasting his chance by using faction struggle and
punishing officials with crimes of corruption and
power of abuse, which every CCP official has.
International media report that at least 8 high level officials
in China’s oil system related to Zhou Yongkang
have been sacked, such as Jiang Jiemin, director of SASAC.
Zhou Yongkang’s secretary, Guo Yongxiang,
is also under investigation.
Hong Kong media Southern China Morning Post quotes
Xi Jinping set up an investigation group to look into
Zhou Yongkang’s scandals.
The team leader is Fu Zhenghua, who was recently promoted
to be deputy minister of the Beijing Public Security Bureau.
Li Shanjian says whoever continues to hide crimes of Bo Xilai
and Zhou Yongkang etc, in order to protect the CCP
will be judged by history.