Before the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Sun Lijun, former vice minister of public security of China, was given a suspended death sentence, and then a life imprisonment without parole. Some analysts believe that Sun’s case has undisclosed elements that led to Xi Jinping’s ruthless treatment of Sun before the 20th National Congress.

The Sohu newspaper reported that Sun was handed a suspended death sentence on September 23 on charges of accepting bribes, manipulating the stock market, and illegally possessing weapons.

Over two weeks ago back in September, the Chinese regime confirmed that “Sun Lijun political gang” had six other members—Former Deputy Minister of Public Security Fu Zhenghua, former head of the Shanghai Municipal Public Security Bureau Gong Daoan, former head of the Public Security Bureau of Chongqing City Deng Huilin, former secretary of the Political and Legal Affairs Commission of Jiangsu Province Wang Like, former head of the bureau Police of Shanxi Province Liu Xinyun, and former Secretary of the Disciplinary Committee of the Ministry of State Security Liu Yanping.

Fu and Wang were sentenced to death on September 22. Gong Daoan got life, Liu Xinyun got 14 years, and Deng Huilin ended up with a 15-year sentence. Liu Yanping was prosecuted on September 28.

An article by Chinese democracy activist Wang Dan published on RFA on October 6 said that there are at least four suspicious points in the Sun Lijun case.

First, the court’s decision specifically stated that after Sun’s death sentence was commuted sentence could not be reduced in any way and he would stay behind bars for the rest of his life.

Wang said that the words not to be pardoned had never been seen in a major political case before. Even Jiang Qing and Zhang Chunqiao, from the “gang of four,” were only given suspended death sentences. Later, both were sentenced to life imprisonment, Zhang was also released for medical treatment and died in the hospital in 2005.

Wang questioned what Sun had done that authorities wouldn’t give him a way out.

Second, the court convicted Sun on three counts, taking bribes, manipulating the stock market, and illegally possessing weapons. Wang said that anyone with a little knowledge of the workings of the CCP can see that these three crimes are not enough to result in such a heavy sentence, confirming the actual situation has other causes.

Fu  was also sentenced to death for accepting bribes and also faces life in prison. The court announced that Fu’s bribe amounted to 117 million yuan (about $16.24 million), an amount not so large among corrupt officials of the same level. Zhang Yue, former secretary of the political and legal affairs commission of Hebei province, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for accepting a bribe of 156.9 million yuan in 2018.

Wang said that Fu received fewer bribes, but he received a heavier sentence. It can be seen that Sun’s gang was given harsher sentences not only for economic reasons, but for those hidden elements.

Third, at the end of the trial it was specifically mentioned that Sun Lijun “had made a great contribution and will be considered (for) a lighter sentence.” He speculated that Sun may have gotten some higher-ranking officials involved in the case in exchange for a lighter sentence during interrogation.

Before Sun became deputy minister of the Ministry of Public Security in 2018, he served as a secretary to Meng Jianzhu. Wang believes that if Sun conspired to organize a political gang, his former superiors might not avoid being implicated. The court’s ruling indicated that there will be a new round of political cleansing after the 20th National Congress.

Fourth, Wang believes that the most puzzling thing in Sun’s case is what did they do to make Xi so cruel? There must be clues in the official documents.

According to announcement by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection against Sun Lijun on September 30 last year, Sun was accused of “aggressively expanding his political ambitions and extremely bad political qualities” and “forming gangs to control important departments”; The statement also pointed out that Sun not only “resisted the censorship of the organization”, even used “police security investigative measures.”

It is not difficult to speculate that someone in the Party is unhappy with Xi and may have tried to take action to prevent his re-election. As can be seen, the rumors about the coup from the outside are probably not completely unfounded, he said.

It is worth mentioning that the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection once announced that Fu and Sun “illegally possessed guns.” Heng He, a news commentator living in the United States, once commented that as Deputy Minister of Public Security, it is normal for the two of them to carry guns, but why is it illegal? Moreover, Fu was accused of using and carrying illegal firearms for a long time, posing a security risk. About the so-called illegal means—it’s not a crime to carry a gun, but to carry a gun at an inappropriate time and place, posing a security risk is bad. In addition, Qin Bang, a commentator on current affairs in the United States, said that the conviction of Sun, Fu and others before the 20th National Congress shows that Xi wants to give a warning to anti-Xi forces, “Giving this evidence is enough to put you in jail, it is enough to make your head fall to the ground. If anyone dares to act without thinking, don’t blame me for not being polite!”

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