January 22, 2018
Authorities in the Chinese capital have confirmed they are holding a top human rights lawyer under criminal detention on public order charges, searching his home and denying him visits from a defense attorney, RFA has learned.
“According to Article 80 of the Criminal Procedure Code of the People’s Republic of China, this department has placed Yu Wensheng … under criminal detention as of 1:00 a.m. on Jan. 20, 2018, on suspicion of obstructing public servants in the course of their duties,” Yu’s notice of criminal detention said.
The notice, a copy of which was sent to RFA, was issued by the Shijingshan branch of the Beijing police department, and dated Jan. 20.
Yu’s wife Xu Yan said her husband hasn’t yet been allowed a visit from a lawyer.
“I [went to] the Gucheng police station in Shijingshan, and they gave me a notification of criminal detention,” Xu said. “[Yu] has already been transferred to the Shijingshan Detention Center in Beijing.”
“They are saying that there was physical resistance when they went to detain Yu Wensheng, but I think that’s just a pretext [for holding him],” she said.
Xu said attorneys Ma Wei and Song Yusheng, whom she hired to defend her husband, hadn’t been allowed to visit him on Monday when they showed up at the detention center.
【余文生律師被施以指定居所監視居住│Lawyer Yu Wensheng has been held under residential surveillance at a designated location】
Xuzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau informed Yu Wensheng’s family members that Yu was held under residential surveillance at a designated location for the alleged crime of “inciting subversion of state power”. Yu had been taken away by the public security offers on Jan 18 this year. The PSB later had imposed “criminal detention” on Yu for his alleged crime of “obstructing official business” on Jan 20. Yu has not been allowed to meet his lawyers.
(China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group / 中國維權律師關注組 Facebook, 29/01/18)