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Investigation of Rights Defender Su Changlan’s “Inciting Subversion” is Further Extended by Authorities

August 8, 2016

Following her arrest on charges of “inciting subversion of state power,” Foshan rights defender Su Changlan has been detained in the Foshan City’s Nanhai Detention Center for over 20 months; her case has yet to come to trial. Her lawyer, Liu Xiaoyuan, explains in this update (see below) that the initial three-month extension on the period of investigation into her case, approved by the Supreme People’s Court, expires on August 12, 2016. However, when Liu inquired about a hearing date, he was told that the Foshan Intermediate People’s Court had again applied to extend the investigation period for another three months; the presiding judge refused to provide the reasons for the extension. The investigation period for Su Changlan’s case has already been extended twice.


关注广东佛山市苏昌兰煽颠案

刘晓原律师

2016年8月8日

 

苏昌兰煽动颠覆国家政权案,佛山中院已再次向最高法院申请延长三个月审限。

再过几天,即在本 月12日,原经最高法院批准延长的三个月审限届满。今天下午,我给佛山中院刑庭打电话询问案件何时作宣判。

书记员称,按照《刑事诉讼法》的规定,在期限届满前十五天(按时间推算是7月28日),法院已再次向最高法院申请延长三个月的审限。

我问原因,书记员解释不了。随后,我联系上审判长,问再次向最高法院申请延长审限原因?审判长说,这是我们内部的事情,不好对外向你解释。

按照《刑事诉讼法》及最高法院司法解释规定,案件因特殊情况可报最高法院批准延长审限一至三个月,且不受申请次数限制。

也就是说,只要最高法院会审批,可以无限期地延长。

苏昌兰是在2014年10月27日被刑拘,2015年11月12日,案件起诉到佛山中院,但在三个月审限内未开庭审理,后经广东省高院批准延长三个月审限。2016年4月21日佛山中院开庭审理苏昌兰案,5月12日由省高院批准延长三个月审限届满,审限届满前十五日第一次向最高法院申请延长审限三个月。这次已是第二向最高法院申请了。

如今,苏昌兰在佛山市南海区看守所已羁押一年零九个多月。

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