China’s security chief Zhou Yongkang has long had a reputation as a violent, corrupt, and power-hungry leader. His son also built a living off his network, according to overseas Chinese media reports.
Along with an title of chief of security, a current position as leader of the committee that oversees the information, justice, police and prison systems, and ties to gangland bosses nationwide, Zhou Yongkang was the only Politburo member named by the U.K.’s Daily Mail on a 2009 list of China’s most powerful “black collars.” It means that Zhou’s power extended to the underworld. His background paved a road to wealth and guaranteed protection for those around him.
Zhou’s son Zhou Bin was recently reported by overseas Chinese media to have been involved in illegally bailing out the second highest ranking gang leader of Gansu Province who committed murder and then dismembered the victim’s body. The cost behind the bail was said to have been 20 million RMB (US$3.2 million).
In another case involving a policeman accused of pouring boiling water on a detainee’s body, Zhou Bin allegedly received 100 million RMB in bribes to use his connection as the security chief’s son to settle the case. The policeman was ultimately not held accountable. [AD]
The above mentioned cases have been registered in the Gansu People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Court respectively. Through the cases Zhou Bin gained a reputation of a man who “takes money and wards off the blow.”
When Zhou Yongkang was the head of the Ministry of Land and Resources, Zhou Bin resold land for profit. When Zhou took over as Party chief of Sichuan Province, Zhou Bin got involved in various large-scale projects and also sold leadership positions.
Zhou Bin owns properties across China and abroad, and has huge savings deposits in Hong Kong, the U.S., and Switzerland.
Bribery Cases Implicating Zhou Yongkang
In November 2008, when Chinese billionaire Huang Guangyu was arrested for “illegal allocation of funds,” a man named Zheng Shaodong received the most severe Communist-style punishment of shuang-gui—facing investigation by the Party at a specified location, which often leads to removal from the Party and harsh imprisonment.
At the time, people familiar with China’s elite said that in the world of politics, Zheng’s family name was Zhou—referencing his connection to the Zhou family. Insiders close to high level officials, whom The Epoch Times spoke with, revealed that as a secretary for the minister of Public Security, Zheng confessed having given Zhou Yongkang more than 3 billion yuan (US$474 million) in bribes and illegally laundered US$20 million abroad for Zhou. He also gave assistance in handling some of Zhou Bin’s corruption cases.
Zhou Yongkang was said to have been infuriated by Zheng’s confession. Four months after the Zheng investigation started, Zheng was reported as having committed suicide.
In another case, Li Yuan, the former vice minister of Land and Resources who worked with Zhou, received the same punishment in 2011. But Zhou called the investigation off, presumably for fear of being exposed himself.
After the recent removal from all Party positions of Bo Xilai, Zhou’s political ally, well-placed sources in Beijing have revealed that Chinese regime leaders Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao have ordered the Party’s disciplinary committee to investigate Zhou.
When Chongqing’s former top cop, Wang Lijun, fled for his life to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu on Feb. 6, he set in motion a political storm that has not subsided. The battle behind the scenes turns on what stance officials take toward the persecution of Falun Gong. The faction with bloody hands—the officials former CCP head Jiang Zemin promoted in order to carry out the persecution—is seeking to avoid accountability for their crimes and to continue the campaign. Other officials are refusing any longer to participate in the persecution. Events present a clear choice to the officials and citizens of China, as well as people around the world: either support or oppose the persecution of Falun Gong. History will record the choice each person makes.
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