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Internet Activist Jiang Lijun to be Tried for Subversion

November 3, 2003

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Internet activist Jiang Lijun will be tried on November 4 on charges of “incitement to subvert state power.”

According to HRIC’s sources, Jiang Lijun will be tried in a closed court session at the Beijing Intermediate Court. Jiang was detained on November 6, 2002, after which he was transferred to Beijing’s Qincheng Prison. His family was not notified of his whereabouts until very recently.

According to HRIC’s sources, Jiang Lijun’s postings on the Internet had brought him into acquaintanceship with Liu Di, a Beijing Normal University student who posted articles under the penname “Stainless Steel Mouse.” Jiang was arrested around the same time as Liu Di, and also around the same time as Li Yibin, who operated the “Democracy and Freedom” Web site. Sources say Jiang Lijun is regarded in official circles as a central player among activists posting political views on the Internet. Qincheng Prison, where Jiang is being held, has historically been the custody venue for prisoners in the most serious cases. Jiang’s wife, Yan Lina, has retained the legal services of Beijing lawyer Mo Shaoping, who is well known for taking on high-profile dissident cases.