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Death of China Ministerial-Level Official: Suicide or Homicide?

Posted by Author on June 16, 2007

By Zhang Jielian, Special to Epoch Times, Jun 14, 2007-

The sudden death of 62 year-old Song Pingshun, chairman of the Tianjin Municipal Political Consultative Committee in his office has caused numerous rumors regarding the actual circumstances of his death.

The Chinese communist regime has reacted by withdrawing news reports and deleting a large number of internet articles regarding the background of Song’s death.

Conflicting Reports

There are various reports regarding the cause of Song’s death. The earliest overseas report claimed he died by murder when his throat was cut. Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported that he died of a gunshot wound according to a Tianjin resident. Some said he died from falling off a building. Others said he hung himself after taking medication. Reuters indicated that he died from an overdose of sleeping pills, according to sources.

There are sources that indicate that on the evening of June 4, Song had a two hour meeting with Wu Guanzheng, the incumbent Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. Soon after Wu left, Song was found dead in his office.

Song Pingshun was very aggressive, during Jiang Zeming’s campaign, in persecuting Falun Gong when he was appointed the Secretary of the Committee of Politics and Law in Tianjin. Even though the topic of the conversation between Song and Wu remained unknown, Song’s immediate death suggests the involvement of political forces and concealed circumstances far beyond a typical corruption issue.

Analysts believe that the cause of an official’s death during “discipline auditing” are one of the following: 1. Suicide was committed because one could not bear the torture during the investigation. 2. Suicide was committed to protect friends and relatives. 3. Suicide was claimed for those who are tortured to death. 4. Murder was committed to protect higher ranking officials.

The Official Response

Amidst all the speculation, the regime’s mouthpiece Xinhua News Agency set the tone on the evening of June 8 by publishing an official confirmation of Song Pingshun’s death.

Xinhua reported that the police had conducted an investigation and laboratory examination and concluded that Song died of suicide. Xinhua also suggested Song committed suicide because of pressure of a criminal investigation on him saying that other related government departments have received several reports regarding Song’s crime on curruption, and have also initiated investigations.

Xinhua has made a fundamental mistake by concluding the death of a ministerial-level official as suicide without providing a single word of detail. It shows the regime does not care too much about Song’s death and wants to put an end to it as soon as possible.

Also, people should pay attention to another point in the Xinhua report. It claimed the investigation of Song’s crime has been initiated, but dead people can’t defend themselves. The purported investigation only serves to support the official answer for Song’s death. This could indicate that Song’s “suicide” was planned before hand.

However, to collaborate such claims, many reports of “Song’s suicide under the pressure of a criminal investigation” emerged on many overseas Chinese media, which were filled with topics such as corruption, mistresses, an illegitimate child, and so forth. Those reports also hint that there is an abnormal relationship between Song and the retired, former Politburo Standing Committee member Li Ruihuan, who is a political enemy of Jiang Zemin and distanced himself from Jiang because of the persecution of Falun Gong. Those reports attack Li and also provide more support for the conclusion —Song’s suicide was caused while under pressure, and the political agenda is very obvious.

The hidden facts surrounding Song’s death have become even more prominent. On June 9, Xinhua suddenly deleted its June 4 report regarding the incident. The regime has also deleted all other reports on the internet.

Judging from the regime’s past corruption cases, in a normal anti-corruption investigation, suicide should not have been the only escape for Song according to his political position and roots.

People should also pay attention to the fact that Song had not been officially put under a “discipline audit.” This means the official investigation against him had not started before his “suicide.” Whether it’s a suicide or homicide, Song’s death only signals the scandal involved the protection of the high authority.

Song’s Boss

Song had worked in the Political and Legal Affairs office of the Tianjin Public Security Bureau for over 20 years. He had superior performance ratings after the persecution of Falun Gong was initiated. Luo Gan, chief of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Committee, was his boss, who later became the head of the infamous 610 Office for the extermination of Falun Gong.

Song Pingshun was promoted from the public security system. He had profound influence upon Tianjin’s political and legal system. Starting in the 1990s, Song dominated the Tianjin Public Security Bureau (PSB). He was promoted to Secretary of City Committee of Politics and Law in 1993 with full responsibility for law enforcement, while serving as the leader of the Public Security Bureau.

From 2003 to 2006, Song was both the chairman of Tianjin Municipal Political Consultative Committee and the Secretary of the Committee of Politics and Law. Which provide him direct influence in the decision making process, as well as the law enforcement process..

Some Background—Cause of the Zhongnanhai Incident

On April 25, 1999, over ten thousand Falun Gong practitioners visited Zhongnanhai, where the regime’s central authority is located in Beijing. This incident led to the persecution of the Falun Gong. However, the real cause of this incident was the violent arrest of Falun Gong practitioners by the Tianjin Public Security Bureau.

The persecution of Falun Gong, the biggest repression in the regime’s history, was started by the Tianjin Public Security Bureau’s actions while Song was in charge. Song naturally became the direct manipulator of the incident. Reviewing this history, we can examine Song’s real mental burden, and find out the events that subjected him to death or psychological collapse.

Former Beijing Police Political Safety Section chief, Zhong Guichun commented about the arrest of Falun Gong practitioner in Tianjin city, saying that it was obvious that Tianjin police wanted to make the incident bigger than it was. Initially, people like He Zuoxiu published articles defaming Falun Gong to test practitioners’ responses, when they went to the publisher to clarify the issues,

The authority intentionally overlooked their request to clarify the issues, especially the Tianjin police, which arrested nearly fifty practitioners. The police director also lied to the public saying, “Tianjin police did not arrest one person.” He also hinted “this problem cannot be solved in Tianjin, you should go to Beijing to approach the upper lever authority.” This directly triggered the 10,000 plus Falun Gong practitioners’ group appeal at Zhongnanhai in Beijing on April 25, 1999.

The appeal in Beijing was then described by the authority as a “siege,” and became “evidence” to justify its crackdown on Falun Gong.

It is obvious to people who understand the regime’s law enforcement system that the cooperation between Song Pingsun (head of the Politics and Legal Committee in Tianjin) and Luo Gan (Song’s boss and head of the Politics and Legal Committee in Beijing) is crucial to understanding the above appeal incident.

As a result of the incident, the nationwide persecution of Falun Gong was launched. Luo Gan was promoted to the highest leadership group of the regime—the Political Bureau because of former regime leader Jiang Zemin’s favor towards him; and this is when Song gained his political capital.

From the above analysis, it is not difficult to deduce that Song knew a lot of secrets regarding the appeal at Zhongnanhai on April 25, 1999, and he was a key person capable of unveiling the incident.

During Song’s rule, there were 73 Falun Gong practitioners in Tianjin who were confirmed tortured to death by human rights groups. There were tens of thousands of practitioners in Tianjin who were brutally persecuted.

According to a current investigation, all military hospitals in Tianjin are involved in the harvesting of organ from live Falun Gong practitioners. Judging from the above information, Song, as a hard core supporter of Jiang Zemin and Luo Gan, was very possibly directly involved in the organ harvesting operation.

Knew Too Much

Song knew too much. If Song was investigated or looking for another boss, he would become a lethal weapon to Luo Gan and Jiang Zemin.

Recently, in the regime’s internal power struggle, Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabo won a landslide victory over Jiang Zemin’s faction. According to insider information, secret investigations into the persecution of Falun Gong from different political and security systems have started, including the truth of the April 25 Zhongnanhai Appeal, the Tiananmen Square Self-Immolation, etc. The persecution of Falun Gong is an issue that Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao could not live with, it is logical that they want to clean themselves from this crime — although they did not start the persecution, the persecution is still being carried on during their watch.

On the contrary, it is also logical for Jiang’s faction to destroy any evidence now, because they are losing control on the political battlefield. Luo Gan is facing retirement at the upcoming Seventeenth Party Congress. He must be planning how to prevent his own liquidation by Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao. After having lost his power, he must destroy witnesses as an important preventative measure. Besides, the Central Discipline Committee is already paying attention to the Song affair.

Media Cover-up

Although there is much speculation regarding the reason for Song’s “suicide,” which include Song blackmailed a foreign investor and his purported many lovers. I think all these are just a smokescreen to divert people’s focus.

Song once bluntly told people, “The paintings hanging in my home could easily be worth several hundred million. Do I need to get money through bribery?” As a veteran communist official exercised in the political battle field for 40 years, it is unreasonable for Song to commit suicide for a corruption issue just after meeting with the Central Discipline Committee. People familiar with communist politics know that power, money laundering and a villainous private life are the character of a communist official.

Besides, since former Shangdong Provincial Party Chief Zhang Gaoli had been appointed to Tianjin City, Song had demonstrated his intention to get close to Hu Jintao. Just recently on May 31, Song made a speech to praise and show his full support to Hu Jintao and Zhang Gaoli.

Is it possible that Hu would turn down Song’s defection and refuse a weapon against his political enemy Jiang Zemin and Luo Gan, just to snare Song for corruption and affairs related to his private life that are typical for party officials?

A Warning

Song’s death, whether a suicide or homicide, is a gain for Luo Gan and Jiang. Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao should also see the impact of striking from the angle of Falun Gong’s persecution.

The political battle surrounding the persecution of Falun Gong will continue. The truth won’t be able to hide long. Song’s death is a warning to others who know of and have evidence incriminating Luo and Jiang. The best protection they have is to make public the evidence they have before they encounter similar circumstances.

original article from the Epoch Time

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