Chinese Police Chief Who Fled, Wang Lijun, Charged With Defection

September 5, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
Wang Lijun
Wang Lijun, former Chief of Chongqing Public Security Bureau, in March, 2011. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

Wang Lijun, the former right-hand-man to the disgraced Chinese communist official Bo Xilai, has been charged with “bending the law for selfish ends, defection, abuse of power and bribe-taking,” according to the Chinese regime’s official mouthpiece Xinhua.

The brief news release attempted to emphasize the role that the Chinese judicial system, which is controlled by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP), is playing in dealing with Wang. 

The bevy of charges against Wang come soon after the widely publicized trial of Gu Kailai, the wife of Bo Xilai, who murdered British businessman Neil Heywood. She was given a suspended death sentence in what many analysts thought was a farcical trial that adopted a scarcely believable narrative. Experts think that Party leaders want to wrap up the three cases before the 18th National Congress, where key personnel changes in the regime, including who leads the Party, will take place. Bo Xilai’s punishment has yet to be announced.

Charges are being filed by the People’s Procuratorate of Chengdu City, the capital of Sichuan Province in China’s southwest. Chengdu is the city whose U.S. Consulate Wang fled to in February.

That escapade, in which Wang reportedly dressed as a woman to get past the guards his boss Bo Xilai had stationed outside his apartment, set off a chain reaction in the Chinese regime. Bo was soon suspended of his Party posts; Bo’s wife Gu Kailai was arrested; and Bo’s chief protector in the Politburo Standing Committe, Zhou Yongkang, was reportedly put under “internal control.”

For that incident Wang was charged with defection.

Wang allegedly “bent the law for personal gain,” when he helped Gu Kailai avoid responsibility for her murder of Neil Heywood, a British businessman.

The other charges against Wang, including “abuse of power and bribe taking” were not explained in the report.

Nor was reference made to Wang Lijun’s own confessed involvement, when he was Public Security Bureau chief of Jinzhou city, Liaoning Province, in the extraction of organs from thousands of prisoners, many of whom, according to experts, were likely Falun Gong prisoners of conscience who were still alive when their organs were removed from their bodies. 

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Editor’s Note: 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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