December 21, 2016
Beijing human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong, last heard from on 21 November, is said to be in held in police custody for allegedly “leaking state secrets”. His whereabouts remain unknown and, without access to a lawyer, he is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.
According to mainland Chinese media reports, Jiang Tianyong was placed under police custody for allegedly having “illegally possessed multiple secret state documents, colluded with overseas institutions, organizations and individuals, and is suspected of illegally providing state secrets abroad”. The reports cited unspecified public security authorities and were issued around 9pm on Friday, 16 December. No mention was made of Jiang Tianyong’s whereabouts and it remains unclear which public security bureau is handling his case.
The reports state that prior to the charges of leaking state secrets, Jiang Tianyong was administratively detained for nine days for using another person’s identity card to buy a train ticket from Changsha, in Hunan province, to Beijing on 21 November. According to the same sources, the public security authorities informed Jiang Tianyong’s family on 1 December about his punishment in accordance with the laws. The family refute these claims, saying they have not received any official information about Jiang Tianyong since he went missing.
Prior to the publication of the mainland reports, Jiang Tianyong’s lawyer and father visited two public security bureaus; the first at Zhengzhou in Henan province, where Jiang Tianyong’s residential status (“hukou”) is registered, and the second at Changsha railway station, where he was last seen. On both occasions the public security authorities refused to provide any documentation or further information.
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