December 16, 2016
Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Hunan are holding rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong under criminal detention on suspicion of fraud and
“illegal possession of state secrets,” a state-backed Chinese news site reported on Friday.
Jiang, who has been incommunicado since Nov. 21 during a trip to Hunan’s provincial capital Changsha, is currently under “coercive measures” which allow for a suspect to be held in secret for up to six months where national security-related crimes are claimed by police, the report said.
Jiang is being investigated for “fraudulent use of identification,” “illegal possession of state secrets,” and “illegally providing state secrets,” The Paper news site reported.
He was detained by China’s railway police at Changsha Railway Station while attempting to use someone else’s ID card to buy a ticket for the D940 express train back to Beijing, it said.
He was initially held under administrative detention, but “further searches” revealed a large number of mobile phones and banking cards, the report said.
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