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Citizen Activists on Trial January 2014

January 24, 2014

Wed, Jan 22

Beijing Municipal No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court

Xu Zhiyong (许志永)

Charged with and convicted of gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place (聚众扰乱公共场所秩序). Sentenced to four years' imprisonment.

Thurs, Jan 23

Beijing Municipal Haidian District Court

Zhao Changqing (赵常青)

Charged with: gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place.

Trial adjourned after Zhao dismissed lawyers in protest of procedural problems.

Hou Xin (侯欣)

Charged with and convicted of gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place. Not sentenced to criminal punishment.

Fri, Jan 24

Tianhe District People’s Court, Guangzhou, Guangdong

Liu Yuandong (刘远东)
Charged with:

  1. gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place
  2. false declaration of registered capital (虚报注册资本罪).

Verdict pending.

Mon, Jan 27

Haidian District Court, Courtroom #2

Ding Jiaxi (丁家喜), Li Wei (李蔚)
Charged with:  gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place.

Trial adjourned after Ding and Li dismissed lawyers in protest of procedural problems, and one of Ding’s lawyers withdrew also in protest of procedural problems.

Haidian District Court, Courtroom #3

Zhang Baocheng (张宝成), Yuan Dong (袁冬)

Charged with:  gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place.

Zhang’s trial adjourned after he dismissed his lawyers in protest of procedural problems.

Yuan retained his defense counsel and was convicted of gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place. And sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment. 

Clockwise from upper left: Liu Yuandong (刘远东), Zhao Changqing (赵常青), Xu Zhiyong (许志永), Ding Jiaxi (丁家喜), Yuan Dong (袁冬), Hou Xin (侯欣), Li Wei (李蔚), Zhang Baocheng (张宝成).

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