Friday, July 9, 2010

China executes former Chongqing chief justice

Came across this news piece in Reuters. How nice if something like this happens in Malaysia. More decent and aspiring judges can then move up the ladder.

BEIJING, July 7 (Reuters) - China executed on Wednesday the disgraced former justice chief of the country's most populous metropolis, Chongqing, a sentence meted out as part of a crackdown on organised crime launched by the city's top official.

Chongqing's flamboyant Communist Party boss, Bo Xilai, has gained popularity nationwide with the high-profile clampdown, in what some analysts saw as a bid to shoehorn himself into the nation's top political body during the 2012 leadership reshuffle.

The People's Daily said on its website ( that the execution of the city's former justice chief and deputy police chief, Wen Qiang, was carried out in the morning. It did not say how he was killed.

Wen was sentenced to death in April for protecting gangs, bribery, rape and "property scamming", according to state media.

He argued at his appeal trial that he had cooperated with the investigation and confessed to "85 percent" of the questionable assets attributed to him.

Chongqing courts have sentenced dozens of people to death or long jail terms over the past several months as part of the crackdown in the sprawling city of more than 30 million.

The campaign was marked by graphic tales of murder and extortion committed by cops-turned-robbers, as citizens besieged government offices waving bloody photos and swords allegedly used by the gangs.

The trials were initially popular with the media and the public, who are fed up with police corruption and crime, but the rush to judgement has concerned some in the Chinese legal community.

A lawyer was earlier jailed for advising his client to testify he had been tortured while under investigation.

Some citizens in Chongqing told Reuters last week that the campaign has gone a little too far, ensnaring small players with excessive punishment.

The deep ties between police and organised crime hark back to China's tumultuous years before the Communist Party won power in 1949, when local warlords and rich businessmen had close connections with the criminal underworld.

1 comment:

  1. If we follow China, we might end up with a handful only of politicians, judges and lawyers.

    The CJ may be the 1st to be walking around without his head (not that it would make a big difference! Lol!

    we are all of 1 race, the Human Race