Many overseas media, including Reuters, The Daily Beast, and the Epoch Times, have confirmed that Zhou Yongkang and his wife Jia Xiaoye, who is 28 years his junior, have been under house arrest since Dec. 1. Inside sources said that on the evening of Dec. 1, Li Zhanshu, the director of the Central Office, was accompanied by a special task force of the Central Guard Bureau to Zhou’s residence in Zhongnanhai, and announced the news.
Zhou already had a hunch of what was going to happen, but was still strongly hit by the news. Some reports say he collapsed to the ground and was carried to bed. The Daily Beast reported that an inside source said Zhou’s wife passed out.
In a Daily Beast report, a unanimous Beijing insider revealed that the once third most powerful politician in China is being investigated on charges of murder, corruption, and plotting to overthrow the government.
Before his retirement in 2012, Zhou controlled law enforcement, legislative, and judicial functions, including the country’s large paramilitary armed police force charged with controlling social unrest, as well as the general police force, the courts, criminal investigation and prosecution, and national intelligence departments.
Corrupt tiger is bagged
According to The Daily Beast: “This is the first time in the past 20 years that a politburo standing committee member has been subject to a criminal investigation,” said the source. “This is also the first time in the history of Communist China that a Politburo Standing Committee member faces trial on murder and corruption charges.”
This means Prmier Li Keqiang is breaking the long unspoken rule among the Politburo Standing Committee members to exempt each other from criminal investigation and prosecution.
Tang Baiqiao, an outspoken democratic activist overseas, revealed during an interview with New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV) in 2012 that Zhou Yongkang had repeatedly tried to win him over with money. Once, in the spring of 2011, an old friend named Li contacted him and said that Zhou wanted to see him.
Zhou had asked Li to convey five points to Tang Baiqiao: First, the two sides (referring to the Chinese government and Tang Baiqiao) should reach a consensus regarding the historic 64 Tiananmen issue; second, Tang shall not disclose to anyone of this intended meeting; third, both sides should seek to meet in places other than the United States, and Tang Baiqiao is expected to make a special contribution to the country using his “special status” (as a human right activist); fourth, the Chinese government has plenty of money, so money is not a problem; fifth, the Chinese government can meet any need of Tang or his family members.
Tang refused to be bribed into Zhou’s league. Then Li told Tang the following words from Zhou: “We can easily eliminate anyone on the Earth. It is simply too easy for us to kill someone.”
Zhou suspected of murdering wife
Foreign media have leaked out some details regarding Zhou’s suspected murder of his first wife. When Zhou was the Party Secretary of Sichuan Province, he ordered his trusted subordinate Guo Yongxiang to kill his ex-wife by means of a car accident.
His ex-wife was hit by two cars from opposite directions simultaneously. 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. The oil industry in China is controlled by Zhou. 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, telling him he never wanted to see him again.
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