The former Chief of Chongqing Municipal Bureau of Justice Wen Qiang (文强) was executed on July 7. The Supreme Court firmly believes that he accepted huge amount of bribes, the circumstances are serious and causes great social harm. He was prosecuted for the crimes of harboring and abetting crime syndicates, obtaining large amounts of property from unidentified sources and rape.
Wen Qiang thus became the first Chief of the Public Security Bureau being sentenced to death and executed.
Since 5:35 am on July 7, China Youth Daily reporter was face to face with him in the monitoring room and witnessed the entire process of his last 4 hours alive. Wen Qiang was executed by lethal injection and later sent to the funeral home for cremation.
China Youth Daily reporter was permitted to interview Wen Qiang on July 6 and flew to Chongqing from Beijing. Staying up all night, reporter arrived at the detention center at 4 am on July 7th.
China Youth daily reporter was informed that on July 4, Wen Qiang chatted with the police for half an hour about the World cup quarter-final between Germany and Argentina. Wen Qiang felt it was unbelievable for Germany to beat Argentina, a team with incredible football tradition, with such a huge score. He suspected that there was sports gambling involved. Then Wen Qiang read the martial art novel intensely for 2 hours.
During the World Cup, Wen Qiang watched many football games; during the Dragon Boat Festival, he also ate Zhongzi.
At 2:40 pm on July 4, Wen Qiang got up after the afternoon nap and chatted with the police about the World Cup, and also his past experiences of traveling to United States and Brazil.
4:10 pm, Wen Qiang got a haircut then watched over a hour of television. After that he read books, had dinner and had a walk with the police in the prison room. He had steam eggs for dinner, and after dinner he exchanged views on Jin Yong, Gu Long and Liang Yu-shen three martial art novelists’ writing techniques with the police guard. Obviously he was very familiar with these classic characters and classic passages of these martial art novels.
That night, Wen Qiang was in the mood for conversation, topics were mainly sports and martial art novels. Then he watched the World Cup sports program on CCTV and gave his views and opinions on the games from time to time. Almost 11 pm, he then excitedly went to bed after he washed up.
“091” task force police told the reporter that the morning of July 5, Chongqing city discipline inspection commission announced to Wen Qiang the decision of “Double Discharge” – expelling him from the party and discharging him from public employment. Wen Qiang was emotional, his eyes were filled with tears.
China Youth Daily reporter was informed that after receiving the “Chongqing Municipal Supervision Bureau’s decision of double discharge” Wen Qiang objected parts of his criminal allegations on bribery. He said his wife received most of the properties, and he was unaware of the situation.
July 6, Wen Qiang appeared to have something weighing on his mind. 3:45 pm, the current Chief of Chongqing Public Security Bureau Wang Lijun (王立军) visited Wen Qiang in prison and left at 4:35 pm. After that, Wen Qiang was in a better mood. He ate three steamed eggs and a pear for dinner. After Wen Qiang asked the police to change the TV channel to sports, and continued to watch the World Cup. July 7 morning was the semi-final between Netherland and Uruguay.
At 5:10 am on July 7, Wen Qiang was woken up by the police, seemed somewhat at loss.
Wen Qiang moved very slowly, after he washed up, made his bed and took medicines. At 5:35 am the reporter was permitted to go into Wen Qiang’s single monitoring room. Reporter sincerely expressed the hopes for an interview, but unexpectedly Wen Qiang strongly refused to answer even to some “moderate” questions like “Someone said you are one of the top Criminal Investigation Experts, do you agree with this statement?” and “Who is the person you want to see the most right now?”.
Wen Qiang wore a very clean short-sleeved white shirt and gray trousers, looked blankly across the table and at the reporter, “I am not prepared, the questions you’ve mentioned cannot be answered in one or two sentences. I am about to go to court, and I need to get ready.”
Four ours before the execution, Wen Qiang faces the reporters
Wen Qiang started to read the court verdict that obviously has been flipped through many times and some of his written notes, and occasionally fixed his hair with his left fingers. With the new haircut he looked slightly younger than when he was at the court, his mood was also slightly better than during the second trial verdict. The reporter had close contact with him about 4 years ago. Compare to that time, Wen Qiang looked 10 years older.
What surprised the reporter the most was, Wen Qiang, who has been pampered all his life folded his blanket into a “square”, and it was unbelievably neat.
The night slowly faded away. At 6:10 am the Court’s vehicles arrived at the detention center.
6:20 am, Wen Qiang left the detention center. When the fleet of 6 vehicles reached the Yellow Garden Jialing River Bridge, the tall buildings of Yuzhong Peninsula slowly woke up in the mists. Dark colored window separated Wen Qiang from the outside world of the prison van. Even though the van was really close, reporter still could not see Wen’s figure.
6:55 am, the fleet reached Chongqing Municipality Intermediate People’s court and entered the Court through the underground garage.
7:15 am, the court announced the death penalty, and Wen Qiang is to be executed immediately.
According to witness at the scene, when the court announced the death penalty and the immediate execution, Wen Qiang’s expression was relatively calm, and he did not collapse.
7:40am, Wen Qiang met with his older sister and his son.
8:30 am a fleet of 12 vehicles left the court and headed to the execution site. Going through Jialing River Road which was densely covered by the guards, strict traffic control made the fleet moving really fast. People on the street stopped to watch the massive public security vehicle convoy and discussed heavily amongst themselves.
8:48 am, the vehicles entered Baigong Guan, Zhazi Dong prison Gele mountain. It was a sunny day, rare for the Gele Mountain which was known as “half mountain clouds and half mountain trees”.
9:05 am, after a muddy and narrow mountain road the convoy arrived at the execution site. Wen Qiang’s vehicle drove into a courtyard with 3 meters tall walls. Only a couple of cars went in, the rest of the police cars waited outside. Less than 10 minutes, all the vehicles left the execution site, which means Wen Qiang has reached the end of his life.
He used to wearing a police helmet, shoot the criminals and issued the ultimatums; he had stepped on top of “China’s number one violent criminal” Zhang Jun’s head and called his superior on the phone “Zhang Jun is caught, under my feet”; He used to make the police station director to make toasts to girls; He used to make his subordinates talking to him while kneeling down…
Wen Qiang, along with his itinerant life, on the top of the Gele Mountain became the end.
After Wen Qiang was executed, the celebration banners appeared on the streets of Chongqing. It said “Executing Wen Qiang, long live the Communist Party, long live the law”
”Executing Wen Qiang is the major victory of cracking down on corruptions”
“Wen Qiang dies, People are happy, Chongqiang is safe.”…
It was also reported here that people celebrated by lighting up fire crackers and fireworks in front of the court during the execution.