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What Awaits Bo Xilai and the Chinese Communist Party

The Party can’t protect its members from an eventual accounting for their crimes

By Zhang Tianliang Created: October 16, 2012 Last Updated: October 31, 2012
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Annette Jun Guo (L), editor-in-chief of the Chinese language Epoch Times, spoke at an official U.N. side panel, Sept. 17, about the Chinese Communist Party’s organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners. (The Epoch Times)

Annette Jun Guo (L), editor-in-chief of the Chinese language Epoch Times, spoke at an official U.N. side panel, Sept. 17, about the Chinese Communist Party’s organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners. (The Epoch Times)

The trial of disgraced former Chongqing Party chief Bo Xilai can be expected any day now. Though there may not be any mention of his atrocity of forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience, this crime is the factor that determines Bo’s fate, the future of other Chinese officials, and of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

What is to become of Bo Xilai is already set in stone. What specific punishment will be meted out at his upcoming trial, whether it be 20 years, life, or the death penalty, is of lesser importance.

The communist regime will be very unlikely to remain in power for another 20 years. Even if Bo gets away with his life at this time, in the future, he will have to face another open and impartial trial that will reveal his bloodstained hands to the world.

The same holds true for Wang Lijun and Bo’s wife, Gu Kailai, who will likewise not be able to evade justice in a future trial for their involvement in the illicit organ trade.

Outsiders following the trial of Gu Kailai may have mistakenly assumed that the connection between Bo and Gu has been successfully severed, as the indictment of Gu Kailai failed to mention Bo.

However, following the trial of Wang Lijun, Xinhua News Agency gave some hints as to how the case against Bo would go.

In a Sept. 19 article, Xinhua referred to Bo as the then “leading official of the Communist Party’s Chongqing Committee” who had “angrily rebuked and slapped” Wang at the end of January after Wang reported to him that Gu Kailai was suspected in murdering Neil Heywood.

The responsibility cannot be assumed by Bo Xilai alone.

The article also said that Wang produced important clues that exposed “serious offenses committed by others” and played a key part in the investigation of those cases.

International Pressure

Between Aug. 9, the day Gu Kailai was officially charged, and Sept. 18, the day Wang Lijun was indicted, the Party leadership compound of Zhongnanhai seemed to be rattled by internal chaos. This was reflected in the public sphere by the strange, two-week-long disappearances from public view of the presumptive next head of the CCP, Xi Jinping, and the head of the Commission for Discipline Inspection, He Guoqiang.

The chaos, beyond doubt, was factional infighting over how to handle the live organ harvesting accusations. This most sensitive of sensitive issues has become the elephant in the room that is harder and harder to ignore. Pressure is mounting from the international community to stop this hideous crime and bring those responsible to justice.

On Sept. 12, witnesses testified at a U.S. congressional hearing titled “Organ Harvesting of Religious and Political Dissidents by the Chinese Communist Party.”

The issue was also presented at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. Annette Jun Guo, editor-in-chief of The Epoch Times, spoke at an official U.N. side panel, Sept. 17, about her investigation into the CCP’s organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners.

On Oct. 4, 106 members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter asking the Secretary of the State to release any information the department has relating to organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners in China. The letter asks in particular for the release of documents regarding organ harvesting that former Chongqing deputy mayor Wang Lijun may have transmitted during his stay in the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu on Feb. 6.

On Oct. 5, at a public campaign event at George Mason University, President Obama accepted in person a letter from a representative of the Washington, D.C., Falun Dafa Association asking him to help put an end to the crime of organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners.

All this recent exposure owes to the efforts made since 2006 by The Epoch Times and its media partners New Tang Dynasty Television and Sound of Hope Radio, as well as by a number of independent investigators, to expose the Chinese regime’s state-sanctioned forced, live organ harvesting. The time has arrived when the world will come to know everything.

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