By Jiawei Liu
Jailed former Chongqing police chief and Bo Xilai right hand man Wang Lijun is living a comfortable life in his prison on the outskirts of Beijing, according to a source close to the Wang family.
According to the South China Morning Post,
“He stays in a good mental state and has put on some weight compared with when he stood trial in September,” the source quoted a family member who had visited Wang as saying.
The source said Wang’s food and accommodation were better than expected. “Wang lives in a single-room which has everything one could expect to find, including a television to watch and newspapers and magazines to read,” the source said.
However, he has no computer and no access to the internet.
Wang Lijun, who we described as the most interesting person in the Bo Xilai scandal was sentenced to 15 years in jail on charges of using the law for selfish ends, defection, abuse of power and corruption.
Wang’s comfortable prison life is in stark contrast to that described by New Zealand businessman Danny Cancian, who was jailed in China for five years. It also contrasts with the forced confessions, torture, and maltreatment of prisoners that were allegedly common during Wang’s tenure in Chongqing.