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Final Defense Statement for Wang Yu—When Confession Has Become the Prerequisite for Bail

August 9, 2016

It became known on August 1 that lawyer Wang Yu, the principal “culprit” in the “709 crackdown” was released on bail pending further investigation. The news came after she had been held in secret detention for more than one year, during which time she had no access to lawyers and nothing was known about her by the outside world. In this reflection, Wang’s defense lawyer, Wen Donghai, compares her case with that of Zhao Wei, both of whom were at the center of the “709 crackdown” and have been released on bail. The similarities listed by Wen include:

  • appearance on communications platforms such as Weibo,
  • sincere confession and earnest repentance,
  • the needlessness of legal evidence or trial, and
  • the superfluity of the Constitution, Criminal Law, and every other law.

Wen further observes that confession is a prerequisite for—but not a guarantee of—release on bail.


为王宇的最后辩护词
——当认罪成为取保的必要条件

文东海律师

 

作为王宇的辩护律师,我不是第一个得知王宇取保消息的,甚至也不是第二个,第三个,……。当王宇取保的消息满天飞的时候,我还在法院等待宣判一个案件,当有朋友提醒我的时候,已经是下午六点多了。

我感到震惊,但尔后又释然,震惊的是王宇曾经在709系列案中名列榜首,她的取保完全是意料之外,释然的是自从709大抓捕发生以来,发生了多少让我感到意外和吃惊的事情,王宇的取保只是这诸多意外中的一次而已,即使我身为辩护律师,也不应因为这意外发生在我的当事人身上我就感到格外吃惊。

我有点疑惑,并捎带有一点侥幸,我的当事人出来了,我的千斤重担也可以卸下了,我既为王宇高兴,也为自己庆幸,但随后质疑的思绪却在我脑海中挥之不去,王宇出来了,她为何仍然只是出现在东网的视频报道里,她究竟和出现在微博上的赵威有何区别?而我作为她的辩护律师,和赵威的律师会不会殊途同归?我此前没和王宇有过任何照面,我不知道她神情究竟有何变化,我也不知道她真正自由的时候会是何种状态,我只是隐约感觉到王宇好像一个小学生在面对老师背课文一样,始终规规矩矩地看着老师的眼睛,按照事先熟读过多次的材料一字不漏的重复着课文的内容。

于是我开始比较王宇和赵威的异同,很显然,他们是不同的,一个是久经沙场被誉为战神的人权律师,一个是初出茅庐的黄毛丫头,但她们有何共同点呢?当我看到王宇在一个陌生而又神秘的地方面对东网的摄像头时,我突然明白,他们的共同点就是在微博媒体等这类传播工具上亮相,真诚地认罪,认真地悔过,不需要证据,不需要审判,不需要一切法治的外衣遮挡,而他们此前所谓的颠覆、煽动颠覆的指控,都成了这一天在媒体上亮相的陪衬,真诚地认罪,可以取保,认真地悔过,也许可以回家,宪法、刑法等一切法律都是多余,而709的其他人呢?他们是否有同样的待遇,当曾经作为首犯的王宇都可取保,王宇的丈夫包龙军呢?他不是戏称王宇的“助理”吗?王宇取保,“助理”何为?李和平、谢燕益、谢阳、勾洪国、刘四新、翟岩民等人又该如何呢?

于是我又禁不住想起赵威的辩护律师任全牛的遭遇,赵威取保了,任全牛进去了,并且我也感到背后一丝寒意,我仿佛看到了一副手铐在我面前晃动,当我试图用力抓住它时,却又像试图抓住流水一样无处着力。

于是我终于明白了认罪不是取保的充分唯一条件,但认罪是取保的必要条件,认罪了可能会取保,但不认罪必定取不了保。认罪还能配合警方游街示众,最好像赵威一样演上一出农夫与蛇的故事,便一切都完美了!

我开始思考我的处境,我也许会成为任全牛律师第二,我只是期待赵威背后的“考拉们”有更严丝合缝的布局和更无可挑剔的舞台演出。

这是我最后为王宇的辩护,也是为我自己辩护,更是为709的受难同胞们辩护,我希望它成为最后的绝响,毕竟709受难同胞们的遭遇可以被权力复制粘贴在每一个中国人身上,没有例外,只有王宇、赵威和还在看守所忍受煎熬的709其他受难同胞的区别。

我开始祈祷,为王宇,为赵威,为709的其他受难同胞们,为每一个仍在守护着自己的良知的中国人!!!

                                        2016年8月2日

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