China: China Moves Ahead With Subversion Trial of Rights Lawyer in Jiangsu

August 16, 2018

Xu Yan, wife of arrested rights lawyer Yu Wensheng, stands third from left with friends and supporters outside the Xuzhou Detention Center, Aug. 1, 2018.

Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu have indicted human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng on subversion charges, paving the way for a trial, his wife said on Thursday.

Yu, who is being held incommunicado by authorities in Jiangsu’s Xuzhou city, was formally arrested for “incitement to subvert state power”and “obstruction of officials in the course of their duty” in April.

He was indicted last month, but neither his lawyers nor his wife, Xu Yan, were informed about the move.

“His two attorneys enquired about Yu Wensheng’s case with the Xuzhou municipal procuratorate, which checked and found that the indictment was issued on July 19,” Xu told RFA.

She said two lawyers she hired to represent Yu, Chang Boyang and Xie Yang, hadn’t been informed of the indictment.

“They weren’t allowed to see him, nor to read the case files,” she said.

Jiangsu officials issued a statement in April claiming to be penned by Yu, and firing his defense team. However, Xu pointed to an earlier video statement asking her to disregard any such declaration.


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