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Tiananmen Veteran Li Jianping Indicted for Internet Articles

March 13, 2006

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shandong-based dissident Li Jianping has been formally indicted on charges of “incitement to subvert state power.”

Li Jianping, 40, participated in the 1989 Democracy Movement as a founder of the Independent Federation of Shanghai Universities. In recent years he had been running a medical supplies business in Zibo City, Shandong Province, and also posted many articles on overseas Chinese Web sites. Sources in China told HRIC that police officers from the local Public Security Bureau (PSB) came to Li’s home on May 27, 2005 to carry out an “Internet security inspection,” and after finding “indecent” images in Li’s computer, detained him on suspicion of libel. On May 28, police carried out another search of Li’s home and seized manuscripts, communications and bank records, and overseas checks in payment for his articles. Police also searched Li’s office and seized documents and records.

On June 30, 2005, police formally arrested Li Jianping on charges of “incitement to subvert state power,” and his case was referred to the Zibo Procuratorate on August 30. However, the procuratorate sent the case back to the PSB on October 12 and again on December 26 for supplementary investigation because of insufficient evidence.

The PSB submitted Li’s case to the procuratorate again on January 26, 2006, at which time Li’s defense attorney, Zhang Xingshui, submitted a statement to the procuratorate on the inadequacy of the evidence. Zhang Xingshui’s statement is appended in full to the Chinese version of this press release.