Chen Kegui (陈可贵), nephew of blind legal advocate Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚), is facing charges of intentional homicide after wounding several intruders into his home in the course of self-defense. The incident took place on April 27, 2012, several days after his uncle escaped unlawful house arrest by Shandong authorities.
In this statement, Chen Kegui’s father Chen Guangfu (陈光福), mother Ren Zongju (任宗举), and wife Liu Fang (刘芳) contend that there is no legal basis for the Yi’nan County Public Security Bureau to force Chen to accept the appointed legal aid lawyers as the family has already retained two lawyers to defend Chen.
Chen Kegui’s family also point out that the appointed lawyers come from the same firms as the two lawyers who had been appointed for Chen Guangcheng in his 2006 trial. The 2006 lawyers, the family charges, completely failed to defend Chen Guangcheng. It was that trial that landed Chen Guangcheng in prison for four years and three months on conviction of “intentional damage of public property” and “gathering people to block traffic.” The family urges that the two appointed lawyers withdraw from the case.
Chen Guangcheng, now in the United States as a visiting fellow at New York University School of Law, issued a separate statement on July 24, 2012, to protest the appointment of the legal aid lawyers.
Human Rights in China has translated the statement by Chen Kequi’s family into English, and has posted the original Chinese on Citizens’ Square.
For more information on Chen Kegui, see:
- “Chen Guangcheng Reported Safe; His Brother and Nephew Taken Away by Police,” April 27, 2012
- “Blind Lawyer Chen Guangcheng Reported Missing, Brother Taken Away, Nephew Fears for His Own Life,” April 26, 2012
For more information on Chen Guangcheng, see:
- “HRIC Testifies at Hearing on Chen Guangcheng,” November 3, 2011
- “Dozens of People Beaten while Attempting to Visit Blind Legal Advocate Chen Guangcheng,” Oct. 31, 2011
- “Lawyers Beaten, Detained after Meeting Regarding Chen Guangcheng,” February 16, 2011
- “HRIC Urges International Attention to Blind Lawyer Chen Guangcheng’s Situation,” February 11, 2011
- “Extreme Measures Used to Control Blind Rights Defender Chen Guangcheng,” November 2, 2010
- “Blind Lawyer Chen Guangcheng Released after More than Four Years in Prison,” September 9, 2010
- Incorporating Responsibility 2008: Chen Guangcheng (updated profile)