Police in Jiangxi province yesterday arrested self-proclaimed qigong master Wang Lin, whose clients included a number of celebrities and high-profile businessmen, over the alleged kidnapping and murder of one of his former ‘disciples’.
The victim, a company president surnamed Zou, was kidnapped on July 9 and killed. Police detained two suspects on Tuesday night and another two, including Wang, on Thursday.
Wang, who claims to be a master of qigong, a traditional martial art combined with meditation, came to public attention in 2013 when images of his supposed “supernatural powers” were posted on the Internet. These “powers” include conjuring snakes from thin air and posing for pictures with celebrities.
The public have questioned Wang’s authenticity, with some media accusing him of amassing a large fortune through claims of curing the sick.
Wang and Zou had met in 2002, and Zou said he’d paid 5 million yuan in 2009 to become one of Wang’s disciples. SCMP reports that the two were quite close before they had a fall-out in late 2012 over commercial disputes.
Both had filed lawsuits against each other in four separate cases involving disputes over the ownership of various properties. Wang later reported Zou to china’s top anti-corruption bureau and claimed he was involved in bribery.
Wang has previously been investigated for unlicensed medical practice, bribery and fraud. According to Beijing News, he’d been jailed in 1979 for seven years for deception.
Wang’s clients included several stars and prominent politicians, including former Hong Kong chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, disgraced railway minister Liu Zhijun, Jackie Chan and Jet Li, among others.
Jack ma's with wang lin, one of many celebrities, politicians and rich who came under his spell pic.twitter.com/Yv3ZfvHseZ
— Bill Bishop (@niubi) July 17, 2015