After Bo Xilai, Slow Justice in “Precarious” Chongqing

After Bo Xilai, Slow Justice in “Precarious” Chongqing

The Telegraph’s Malcolm Moore reports slow progress for victims of Bo Xilai’s rule in Chongqing, with large sums of confiscated money being returned but many remaining in prison.

Mr Bo may have been brought down, jailed for life in autumn for corruption and abuse of power, but the situation in Chongqing remains precarious, said one former government official in the city, who asked not to be named.

Building projects in several districts have been stalled, some journalists in state-owned newspapers are not being regularly paid, and even government officials have seen their salaries suspended at times, he said.

“I think they will get around to reopening the cases, but it is hard to say how long it will take,” said Mr Deng [Jiwei, a lawyer].

“First, there are so many that need to be reviewed. And then all the people who were wrongly convicted are sitting in prison; there is no urgent pressure to resolve their cases, or at least it is not as important as fixing the city’s economy,” he added.

Only three people out of the thousands jailed have so far had their sentences reversed, said Mr Deng. “They are going about it very cautiously”. [Source]

Moore added on Twitter:

See more on the pursuit of justice in Chongqing, reflections on Bo’s rule there and accounts of torture and other abuses that took place, and the scrubbing of Bo’s legacy since his downfall, via CDT.

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