04/24/2018, 13.51
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Beijing accuses billionaire Guo Wengui of falsifying documents about Party corruption

by Wang Zhicheng

Two brothers who allegedly helped Guo falsify 30 documents have been arrested. They allegedly made video-taped confession. Chongqing police accuse Guo of paying off US lawmakers to get their support for his asylum application.

Beijing (AsiaNews) – Chinese police have accused billionaire Guo Wengui of enlisting two men to forge more than 30 government and Communist Party documents to bolster his asylum application in the United States.

Guo, 51, left mainland China in 2013 after he was accused of corruption in association with former deputy minister of state security Ma Jian.

Fearing for his life, Guo has applied for political asylum in the United States. He has also threatened to release documents that show corruption among top party leaders, including anti-graft chief Wang Qishan and his family. Wang is a personal friend of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

According to yesterday’s People's Daily, Guo allegedly hired two brothers, Chen Zhiyu and Chen Zhiheng, to falsify documents that claim that China sent dozens of spies to the United States and that Beijing was helping Pyongyang develop the nuclear programme.

Chen Zhiheng is a Canadian citizen and his brother Chen Zhiyu lives for most of the year in Canada. However, the two were arrested separately last February in Hunan and Guangdong.

Chongqing police said that in a videotaped confession, the brothers admitted that Guo paid them up US$ 4,000 a month.

Beijing has long sought to discredit Guo, accusing him of bribery, fraud, money laundering, kidnapping and rape.

Yesterday, Chongqing police also accused him paying US lawmakers to back his asylum application.

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