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New development in Li Peng lawsuit - Court conference set for Friday

February 1, 2001

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York will hold a conference on the Li Peng lawsuit regarding the US State Department’s refusal to comply with plaintiffs’ discovery requests.

To date, Defendant Li Peng has not entered an appearance in the case. However, the US State Department, represented by the US Attorney’s Office has registered its opposition to the suit.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs and the US State Department will appear before Judge William H. Pauley III at 2:00 pm Friday, February 2, in a private conference held in his chambers. Following the proceeding, representatives from Human Rights and China and the Center for Constitutional Rights will be available for comments outside the United States Courthouse, Foley Square, 40 Centre Street, New York City.

On August 31, 2000, Li Peng--the Premier of China at the time of the Tiananmen protests and massacre in 1989--was served with a US Federal lawsuit alleging massive human rights violations. The action was brought forward by Zhang Liming, an eyewitness to the bloodshed whose sister was shot dead by martial law troops, as well as Zhou Fengsuo, Liu Gang, Xiong Yan and Wang Dan--four of the 21 "Most Wanted" student leaders who were hunted down by Chinese authorities in the wake of the massacre and who were imprisoned for their role in the Tiananmen demonstrations.