China: Rights Website Founder Formally Arrested For Subversion in China’s Hubei

December 28, 2016

Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch website founder Liu Feiyue is shown in an undated photo.

Authorities in the central Chinese province of Hubei have formally arrested Liu Feiyue, the founder of a rights website, on subversion charges, fellow activists and relatives told RFA on Wednesday.

Liu Feiyue, who founded the Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch website, was detained on Nov. 17 under criminal investigation for “incitement to subvert state power,” by police in Hubei’s Suizhou city and placed under formal arrest on Dec. 23.

His wife confirmed the news when contacted by RFA on Wednesday, but declined to comment further.

“They haven’t told us anything for certain; they just told us to wait,” she said.

Meanwhile, detained rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong has been denied permission to see his attorney by authorities in the central province of Hunan following his detention last month on suspicion of fraud and “illegal possession of state secrets.”

According to Jiang’s defense lawyer Chen Jinxue, the case is being handled by state security police in Hunan’s provincial capital, Changsha.

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.

He is being investigated for “fraudulent use of identification,” “illegal possession of state secrets,” and “illegally providing state secrets.” (FRANCAIS)

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