Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that the trial of environmental activist Tan Kai has been granted a continuance.
Tan Kai, a leader of the environmental group "Green Watch," went to trial at
The Hangzhou Public Security Bureau issued summonses to Tan and five other members of an unregistered environmental civil society group “Green Watch” lüse guancha on October 19, 2005 after the group opened a bank account under Tan’s name. All but Tan were permitted to leave that day after questioning. Tan remained in detention and was indicted on April 29, 2006.
According to HRIC’s sources, the state secrets charge against Tan stems from his employment as a computer repair technician, during which he routinely made backup copies of clients’ computer files. Last year Tan repaired the office computer of an employee of the
HRIC is concerned that the prosecution of Tan Kai is part of a pattern of politicized uses of state secrets prosecutions and closed trials to target and punish individuals for engaging in legitimate activities deemed sensitive by Chinese authorities.