A Chinese who sided with justice has been slammed with injustice in his homeland. This week, his appeal against a 14 years prison term was dismissed. Columnist Liu Quing wrote on Radio Free Asia that this case has been a typical example of the corrupted legal system under the ruling of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Wang Linqing was a judge who handled the northern Shaanxi 100 billion yuan mine ownership case that had lasted over a decade.
According to media agency Da Ji Yuan, Zhao Faqi, the legal representative of Kaqilai, poured out 10 million yuan to work with the Western Exploration Institute and examine a coal mine in Shaanxi province. After discovering that the mine had an ample load of high-quality coal, the Western Exploration Institute sought to dismiss Kaqilai’s pre-existing exploitation contract and sign a new one with a Hong Kong businessperson.
Judge Wang was pressed by the president of the Supreme People’s Court’s Supervision Bureau to make a decision that would favor one party over the other. He refused and exposed the incident via pre-recorded videos before retaliation started to snare on him. Wang said one party of the dispute also tried to bribe him. The case files were stolen before he could write a decision. That explosive scandal broke out in 2018.
He then disappeared. In 2019, the Chinese government accused Wang of illegally obtaining state secrets and accepting brides from business owner Zhao Faqi. He was given a 14 years prison term on May 7 this year.
In February, Wang was featured in a staged and apparently forced TV confession. The judge who rebelled over the order to bend justice said on national television that he stole the case documents. He said he did so because he wanted to remain in the case.
On June 20, state media CCTV reported that Wang’s appeal for the 14 years prison term has been dismissed.
As for Zhao Faqi, Radio Free Asia reported on June 18 that he had been detained for over three years. His relatives and friends could hardly know his condition or where he had been held. His wife only learned that he has been tried in a secret trial without lawyers or any legal aid. He was sentenced to 7 and a half years behind bars.
Commenting on the saga, columnist Liu Quing believed the national television appearance of Wang was a declaration from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to the public, that there was nothing they can do to challenge the system.
Liu lamented that judges under the CCP are a particularly serious group of corrupt officials in China. It was no unspoken rule that the people holding gavels at court would act on behalf of officials or money only.
Liu Shaoqi, a former Chinese president who was in office during the late 1950s, once straightforwardly declared this: That the judgment cannot be decided by the judge but only by the party. The politician also stated that if the public is dissatisfied with the judgment, they are not in the position to say, the judge will be responsible for maintaining the prestige of the party.
Columnist Liu said that in CCP politics, judges play the part of the villain that the CCP designed. He believed that corruption in China is openly and unimpeded under the rule of the CCP, which is the necessary basis for the prevalence of corruption from top to bottom among judges.