Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Faces 12 Years in Prison — Defended Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, Artist Ai Weiwei, Liu Hui Other Critics of Chinese Communist Party

Xia defended many high-profile politically sensitive cases

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By Jun Mai
South China Morning Post
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 3:53 p.m.

A prominent Chinese rights lawyer who defended high-profile politically sensitive cases has been sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment for fraud, according to his lawyer.

Xia Lin, 46, was found guilty of fraud involving 4.8 million yuan (HK$5.6 million) by the Beijing No 2 Intermediate Court on Thursday.

 Policemen stand behind Lin Ru, the wife of civil rights lawyer Xia Lin, as she talks to media near the Beijing Number 2 People’s Intermediate Court after her husband was sentenced to 12 years in prison on fraud charges on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

 Lin Ru, the wife of civil rights lawyer Xia Lin, is surrounded by police near the Beijing Number 2 People’s Intermediate Court on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

Xia was taken away by police in the middle of a case while defending rights activist Guo Yushan in November 2014. He had also defended dissident artist Ai Weiwei, Sichuan earthquake rights activist Tan Zuoren, rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, and Deng Yujiao, a Hubei waitress who killed a government official in self-defence during a sexual assault in a case that made national headlines.

It is unclear whether the charges against Xia had anything to do with the cases he defended, but the court verdict made no mention of any of the politically sensitive cases mentioned above.

 Ai Weiwei’s wife, Lu Qing right, heads to court with lawyers Xia Lin in 2011. AP photo

It is not uncommon for authorities to use non-political charges against activists. Ai Weiwei, for instance, was detained for more than two months for suspected tax evasion in 2010. Liu Hui, the brother in-law of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, was sentenced to 11-and-a-half years in jail for fraud in 2013. Liu Hui’s case was dropped by prosecutors who cited insufficient evidence in 2012, but was picked up again months after Liu Xia gave interviews to oversea media.

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2021629/prominent-chinese-rights-lawyer-xia-lin-sentenced-12

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File photo: Pu Zhiqiang (R) stands with dissident artist Ai Weiwei (L) in the Caochangdi district of Beijing, 20 July 2012

Weiwei (left) detailed his torture inside a Chinese prison. At right is his lawyer Pu Zhiqiang who represented artist Ai Weiwei in a tax evasion case that critics complained was politically motivated. He also campaigned for the eventual  abolition of the labour camp system, under which suspects could be detained for years without trial. AFP photo

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Zhao Wei was released by China on July 7, 2016

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One Response to “Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Faces 12 Years in Prison — Defended Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, Artist Ai Weiwei, Liu Hui Other Critics of Chinese Communist Party”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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