Fu Zhenghua, 傅政华
Minister of Justice
Former Public Security Official with a chequered past, now Justice Minister
Born: 1955, Luan County, Hebei.
Education: Graduated from Peking University.
Career: Beijing’s Chief of Police (Director of Beijing Public Security Bureau) 2010 to 2013, becoming a Vice Minister of Public Security and in 2014 a member of the Central Politics and Law Commission. In 2016 he was apparently inexplicably removed from the latter. Fu had headed the investigation into Zhou Yongkang.
Prospects: Described as “flamboyant”. His career has seen ups and downs and future trajectory is uncertain. Member of 19th Politburo, Head of Vice Premier as of March 2018
Relevance to Tibet: Minister of Justice.
Standing in the Party and Career Highlights:
Nikkei Asian Review reported of Fu’s appointment: “As a public security official in Beijing, Fu played a major role in corruption investigations that felled major officials including security czar Zhou Yongkang and Ling Jihua, a senior aide to former President Hu Jintao.
Questions about Fu’s political future had been swirling since Guo Wengui, a Chinese business magnate living in exile in the U.S., revealed that Fu ordered an investigation into Wang Qishan’s family finances. But his new appointment suggests Fu remains in Xi’s good graces.”
China Digital Times also wrote: “Fu was Beijing police chief during the 2013 death in custody of activist Cao Shunli, who was detained while trying to fly to Geneva to join a human rights training program. A coalition of human rights groups later called on the Trump administration to sanction Fu under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, which allows the U.S. government to impose financial and travel restrictions on foreigners who are implicated in human rights violations.
Among other roles, Fu was named the head of the 610 Office, founded to oversee the suppression of Falun Gong. He was also in charge of an investigation into “malicious trading” which led to a stock market crash and widespread investor protests in 2015 and 2016. Fu was also tasked with cracking down on high-profile “Big V” internet commentators.
Fu Zhenghua’s Contact Information:
- Address: Ministry of Justice, No.10 Chaoyangmen Nandajie, Beijing 100020.
- Website: www.moj.gov.cn
- Phone: +86 10 6520 5114
- Fax: +86 10 8313 9065
- Please note that this phone and fax number are what’s listed on China’s official ministry website, but they do not work!
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