mandag 31. desember 2018

Something to hide? This Christmas, it was not a rights lawyer on trial, but the Chinese legal system itself

After more than three and a half years of incommunicado detention, Wang Quanzhang has finally faced trial, but little is known of exactly what happened during the closed-door proceedings other than he fired his state-approved lawyer within minutes.

We had only first learned about his closed-door trial two days before, on Christmas Eve, along with his wife Li Wenzu, who on the morning of her husband’s trial wasswarmed by state security officials who placed her under house arrest and forbid her to travel. Other supporters were likewise blocked from travelling for the closed-door trial, including Wang Qiaoling, wife of human rights lawyer Li Heping taken in the 709 crackdown and himself sentenced in a closed-door trial in April 2017.