China activist Liu Xianbin jailed for 10 years
China Update: Liu Xianbin tried and sentenced to 10 years imprisoment
Mr. Liu Xianbin, ICPC honorary member and a recipient of its 2010 Liu Xiaobo Courage to Write Award, has been tried and sentenced this morning by Suining Intermediate People's Court, Sichun Province, to 10 years imprisonment with further 2 years and 4 months deprivation of political rights for inciting subversion of the state power. The. Trial last for about 2 hours, including 1 hour and half for the court hearing and half hour for adjournment before the verdict announcement.
Liu’s wife, Ms. Chen Mingxian, was among 21 individuals allowed to attend the trial. Liu’s two lawyers, one of whom is appointed by juridical authorities, attended the trial and pleaded innocence. According to his wife, Liu was just allowed to speak his arguments in a few minutes and was frequently interrupted by the judge to shorten his statements. He was not allowed to read his written “last statement” at all and so he gave just two short sentences: “I am innocent! I protest against this trial!” None of the arguments from the defense has been accepted by the Court in its verdict. Among the evidences used against Liu, a forced testimony of his daughter of 13 years old is also included despite of the argument and protest from the defense.
According to the court verdict, Liu’s conviction is just based on a number of quotations from his publication of several articles at some overseas Chinese e-journals during a period from August 2009 to June 2010, mainly "Two Decades of My Pro-democracy Experience (1): Arrest of Chen Wei”, "Street Campaign: An Important Form of Pro-democracy Movement", including "100 days since Release from Prison", and "Choice of A Civil Road after the Severe Sentence on Liu Xiaobo", respectively published on the e-journals "Humanity and Human Rights", "Democratic China", etc. He has been condemned as a recidivist for severe punishment, including 4 months deprivation of political rights that is transferred from the remaining part of his previous sentence. 10 years imprisonment is the second severe sentence after Liu Xiaobo’s record of 11 years sentence on the same offence of “inciting subversion”.
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Dr. Yu Zhang,
Executive Secretary and WiPC Coordinator
Independent Chinese PEN Center (ICPC)
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courtesy: Yu Zhang fron Facebook