News has emerged that the investigation of former security tsar Zhou Yongkang by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) includes the murder of his previous wife. Zhou has been under house arrest since Dec. 1.
According to reports in Boxun and Radio Free Asia, two of Zhou’s former drivers have confessed that Guo Yongxiang, Zhou’s driver, murdered Zhou’s ex-wife in a car “accident” under Zhou’s orders. His ex-wife was hit by two cars from opposite directions simultaneously.
Zhou was the Party secretary of Sichuan Province at the time.
Both drivers were police officers, and were sentenced to 15 to 20 years in prison. But they were released after only three or four years, and went to work at the state-owned Shengli Oilfield. One of the drivers soon became vice captain, while the other was transferred to Shandong Petroleum, and took the position of vice president. A few months ago, the two drivers confessed to the murder after being arrested.
Zhou’s second son, Zhou Han, always believed that his mother had been murdered. After the incident, he cut off all contact with his father and made a living running a small bookstore in Chengdu. After Zhou Han’s first child was born, Zhou Yongkang tried to visit him on a trip to Chengdu, but Zhou Han refused to see his father, and told him he never want to see him again.
Many media in China have reported this story and concluded that the “accident” was planned by Zhou because, at the time, Zhou was in love with a CCTV broadcasting announcer who was 20 years younger than Zhou.