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Chinese issue letter criticizing case against Bo]


GILLIAN WONG | October 23, 2012 07:22 AM EST | Associated Press                              

Gillian Wong 2012 1023日美国东部时间日上午722 美联社

BEIJING — An array ofactivists, academics and dissidents are questioning the authorities' purge ofBo Xilai, demanding that China's legislature follow the rule of law and allow thedisgraced leader to defend himself before lawmakers.

China's leadership isdesperate to move beyond a scandal involving a former member of its Politburothat has drawn worldwide attention, and some say it is doing so at the expenseof standard legal procedures.


Left-leaning supportersof Bo wrote an open letter to the National People's Congress urging it to allowBo to have his say. The petition has begun to draw broader and somewhatunlikely support, attracting signatures from exiled dissidents and rightsactivists who don't consider themselves in Bo's corner.

The legislature'sstanding committee was expected to expel Bo during its four-day meetingstarting Tuesday, a move that would strip Bo of his legislative immunity andpave the way for his criminal prosecution, likely in a swift trial.

The letter, which alsohas circulated on activist websites that are blocked in China, urges thecongress not to expel Bo until he has the chance to address allegations againsthim.


"They should giveBo a chance to defend himself. The procedure has to be just," said ZengYuan, a local rights activists from Chengdu who said he signed the petitioneven though he does not support Bo.

"A Politburo memberhas been silenced just like that? This has gone against what the constitutionsays about human rights," Zeng said by phone.


Bo was one of China'sbest-known politicians until he fell from grace earlier this year when a closeaide disclosed that Bo's wife had murdered British businessman Neil Heywood. Hehas been out of sight, presumably detained, since mid-March. He was expelledfrom the party last month.

Authorities have saidthey intend to charge Bo with obstruction of justice connected with the Heywoodmurder, as well as corruption and illicit sexual affairs that go againstCommunist Party rules.



Bo's reputation forchampioning social fairness and communist nostalgia made him popular amongpoorer Chinese and those who identify themselves as member of the new left –believers in a strong authoritarian government that promotes more egalitarianeconomic and social policies.

But his maneuvering toreach the highest echelons of the Communist Party angered many in Beijing, whilehis campaign to promote Communist Party culture revived memories of the chaoticCultural Revolution, Mao Zedong's radical experiment in class warfare to rootout opponents of communism.

He also has been accusedof trampling on civil liberties – making it all the more noteworthy that rightsactivists are coming to his defense. His anti-mafia crackdown in the city ofChongqing was rife with allegations of torture against suspects.



The open letter wasdrafted by Liu Jinhua, 77, a Bo supporter in the southwestern city of Leshan,who said the missive was sent by registered mail to the legislature.

"Whether Bo Xilaibroke the law or not should be based on facts; we ask for openness andfairness," Liu said. "We hope that in the handling of major events,like the Bo Xilai incident that has grabbed the attention of the world, we canpromote China's rule of law."

Liu said organizersreceived hundreds of signatures by email and that it was not possible to verifythe authenticity of all of them. At least 10 of the several hundred names havealready been proven fake, he said, though he believed the vast majority of themwere genuine.

The letter alsocriticizes government moves to block leftist websites and clamp down ondissenting voices in the Bo scandal.



刘说,组织者受到几百个由Email 发出的签名,不可能对每一个的真实性进行核对。虽然我们相信绝大部分是真的,至少这几百个人中有10个人已被证明是假的。


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"Are these not barbaric acts that flagrantly violate our constitution and laws and shameful acts that completely departing from the principle of the rule of law and the people's democratic spirit?" the letter says.
Liu elaborated in an email that moves to shut down discussion of the Bo case appeared to subvert the legal system in order to carry out a political purge.
Signatories include Gong Xiantian, a law professor at the prestigious Peking University who confirmed in an email that he signed the letter. Exiled dissidents Wang Xizhe and Gao Han, living in the U.S., also confirmed their signatures. Wang and Gao do not identify themselves as leftists.
Gong said the letter should not be seen as a criticism of China's legal system, only of the "illegal" handling of the Bo case.
"Our system has its shortcomings, but no system exists without shortcomings," he said.
Liu said he met with authorities in his city Saturday to discuss the letter, but that they decided that he was patriotic and a supporter of the party and told him he was safe. They asked him not to publicly issue the letter but that it was OK to forward it to the congress.
Associated Press researcher Flora Ji contributed to this report.
美联社研究员Flora Ji 提供这份报告。

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Gong said the letter should not be seen as a criticism of China's legal system, only of the "illegal" handling of the Bo case.
"Our system has its shortcomings, but no system exists without shortcomings," he said.

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