Liu Han’s Execution Shocked the Jiang Zemin Team
On Feb. 9, Liu Han and four other criminals were executed.
Liu was a major criminal involved
in severe corruption and gang cases.
He was also the subordinate of former Chinese Communist
Party (CCP) Political and Law Committee Secretary
Analysts believe Liu Han’s case is a signal
of the Zhou Yongkang case.
It also threatens the Jiang Zemin group.
The CCP’s official media reported on Feb. 9 that
the Supreme Court of Xianning Intermediate
People’s Court approved the execution of major criminals
involved in severe cases of corruption and gangs,
including Liu Han, Liu Wei, Tang Xianbing,
Zhang Donghua and Tian Xianwei.
The indictment accused that the nature of Liu Han
and Liu Wei’s involvement in corruption and entanglement
with gangsters was extremely serious, including 17 offenses
such as organizing and leading underground societies,
intentional homicide, intentional injury, illegal detention
and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
Liu Han and Liu Wei were formally prosecuted
on Feb. 20, 2014.
They were sentenced to death on May 23 in Xianning,
Hubei Province during the first trial and the conviction
was confirmed during the second trial on Aug. 7.
Liu Han, 50-years-old, was the original founder
and CEO of Sichuan Hanlong Group.
He was once ranked No. 230 on China’s Wealthiest List.
In 2013 Liu Han was taken away
at Beijing International Airport.
Soon after Liu We and others were also arrested.
Media previously reported that Liu Han was
a business partner with Zhou Yongkang’s son Zhou Bin.
Zhou Yongkang served as party secretary of Sichuan
from 2000 to 2002 before he became
CCP Minster of Public Security and party secretary
of the CCP Central Political and Legal Committee.
Zhou Yongkang had a strong influence over Sichuan.
On July 29, 2014, Zhou Yongkang’s investigation case
Commentator Gu Chunqiu said the execution
of Liu Han and others released two signals.
Gu Chunqiu: “One signal sent is how
the Zhou Yongkang case would be handled;
the second signal is to threaten the Jiang Zemin group.
Liu Han had very close relationship with Zhou Yongkang.
He gradually built up his underground power
under Zhou Yongkang’s shelter.
When Liu Han was indicted in Feb. 2014, CCP media
revealed the bloody scene of this “mysterious rich"
building a bloody “black gold empire."
It also exposed Liu Han’s arsenal, including
three military grenades, assault rifles made in China,
20 U.S. pistols, 677 bullets and more.
The report also pointed out the Liu Han group
was suspected of many killings.
Due to his strong political and business networks,
only Liu Han’s bodyguard Chou Defeng was lightly
sentenced for four years in prison due to a series of murders.
All the other killers were not punished.
Not long ago a number of media disclosed that
Liu Han’s guns and ammunition all came from
the CCP Political and Law Committee.
Zhou Yongkang served many years as party secretary
of the Political and Law Committee.
Liu Han’s underworld organization was a private army
It became the third armed forces of Zhou Yongkang
in addition to public security and military police.
Beijing politics watcher Hua Po: “Zhou Yongkang
is an extremely cunning and evil CCP member.
He collided and built private networks wherever he went.
He planted many people in the political and legal system,
in Sichuan Province and the oil system.
He can be said to be the most powerful CCP official ever.
He colluded with the businesses and connived with gangs."
In January, CCP media talked about how to handle
the Zhou Yongkang and Xu Caihou sentencing.
It stated that most officials involved in corruption
with an amount over 100 million yuan
were sentenced to death recently.
Gu Chunqiu thinks it might be a signal that
Zhou Yongkang will be sentenced to death.
Gu Chunqiu: “As the subordinate of Zhou Yongkang,
Liu Han can be seen as a peripheral member
of Jiang Zemin’s faction.
His execution might release another signal
to threaten the Jiang Group.
We can see from lots of recent reports that
Xi Jinping is surrounding and eliminating
Zeng Qinghong and Jiang Zemin’s team."
Recently, along with the “anti-corruption" campaign
carriedout by Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang, members
of the Jiang Zemin faction were dismissed, arrested
or investigated at the local government level, in the military
and in Jiang Zemin’s hometown.
On Feb. 3 CCP Central Discipline Inspection Commission
stressed on its website of the Supervision Department
that no one has privileges regarding the issue of corruption.
Gu Chunqiu thinks this statement and the execution
of Liu Han might pave the road for the arrest of Jiang Zemin
and Zeng Qinghong.
Interview & Edit/LiYun Post-Production/Chen Jianming