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Defense Statement for Zhang Lin, Charged with Gathering Crowd to Disrupt Order in a Public Place

December 18, 2013

The defense statement argues that, not only were there procedural violations in the trial—witnesses were not being informed and the trial proceeded without jurors— but the prosecutor’s allegations were inconsistent with the facts, and there was a serious lack of evidence to support the charge of “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place.” Therefore, the charge cannot be established. The defense lawyer requests that the court announce Zhang Lin’s innocence in accordance with the law.