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A Joint Statement on the Guilty Verdict and Sentence on Lawyer Jiang Tianyong by China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group and Taiwan Support China Human Rights Lawyers

A Joint Statement on the Guilty Verdict and Sentence on Lawyer Jiang Tianyong by China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group and Taiwan Support China Human Rights Lawyers

21 November 2017 (Hong Kong/Taipei) China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group (CHRLCG) and Taiwan Support China Human Rights Lawyers (TCLN) strongly condemn the guilty verdict and sentence on lawyer Jiang Tianyong made by the Changsha Intermediate People’s court. Jiang Tianyong, who had been implicated in 709 Crackdown, was found guilty of “inciting subversion of state power” and sentenced to 2 years in prison and 3-year deprivation of political rights by the court on 21 November 2017. Yet, the verdict is of no credibility in the eyes of the public, as the trial of Jiang on 22 August 2017 seriously violated several basic principles for fair trial and Jiang was not given effective defence in the trial.

CHRLCG and TCLN identified at least 5 points in his trial which were called into question or violated the principles of fair trial:

  1. The trial was manipulated by the Chinese government, and the public were deliberately barred from attending it by the authorities.
  2. They are all state-appointed lawyers to defend for Jiang; they did not provide effective defence in the hearing.
  3. The evidence raised by the Procuratorate against Jiang were weak, and they intended to trump up charges against Jiang.
  4. Jiang’s confession after the prolonged detention incommunicado
  5. Jiang was made up as a scapegoat for the authorities to evade from their accountability in the case of torture of Xie Yang
    (Please refers to CHRLCG’s statement released after the trial on 22 August 2017 – “China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group: Statement Upon the Trial of Jiang Tianyong” and information pack on ““709 Trials” Facts of the Alleged Crime in the Trial of Jiang Tianyong)

CHRLCG and TCLN always insist that no verdicts of guilty in Jiang’s case shall be accepted in the absence of a fair and open trial, let alone the current sentence of 2-year imprisonment. The verdict and sentence on Jiang this time did not go through a just legal procedure and therefore are unjust in itself. In the light of this, we strongly demand the Changsha Intermediate People’s Court to withdraw the guilty verdict and sentence, give Jiang a non-guilty verdict and immediately release him.

Besides, CHRLCG and TCLN ask for the international community, the Chinese public and media to continuously pay attention to the upcoming developments of lawyer Wang Quanzhang and a law firm assistant Wu Gan, who were still detained either pending for trial or awaiting verdict in the 709 Crackdown.

Enquiries

Kit Chan (China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group) (Tel: +852 2388 1377)

Appendix

  • China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group: Statement Upon the Trial of Jiang Tianyong” https://goo.gl/ht5yqy
  • ““709 Trials” Facts of the Alleged Crime in the Trial of Jiang Tianyong” https://goo.gl/Fo5RXX

 

 

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