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Statement by Wang Qingying's Family on Lawyer Sui Muqing

July 15, 2015

We hereby state:

When acting as the defense counsel for my husband, Wang Qingying, who (along with Tang Jingling and Yuan Chaoyang) was accused of “inciting subversion of state power,” lawyer Sui Muqing was faithful to judicial justice, not afraid of power, and courageous in  his fight for Wang’s lawful rights and interests. Sui Muqing also exposed many unlawful acts of abuse Wang suffered during his detention, and also boldly called for basic human rights to be afforded to him.

During the June 19 [2015] trial in the Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court, when family members were illegally stopped at the entrance of the courthouse and prevented from attending the trial, Sui Muqing argued vigorously in court for the family’s right to attend the trial. As a result, Tang Jingling’s wife and I were permitted into the courtroom. During the trial, Sui Muqing maintained his calm. It was only the court’s procedural violations in forcing the trial to go forward that compelled us to terminate the lawyer-client relationship. Throughout the case, from investigation to trial, Sui Muqing always asked us to comply with the law and not do anything unlawful. Our whole family is grateful for all the help Sui Muqing has provided to Wang Qingying.

Source (CH): | 新公民运动

Editor's note: Wang Qingying, a citizen activist and former teacher at Guangdong University of Technology, was criminally detained on May 16, 2014 for "picking quarrels and provoking troubles." When he was formally arrested on June 20, 2014, the charge was changed to “inciting subversion of state power.” He is reported to be in deteriorating health after suffering numerous beatings and other forms of physical abuse in detention.

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