SCMP reports: “A Hunan dissident charged with “inciting subversion of state power” following the death of democracy activist Li Wangyang was placed under “residential surveillance” at an undisclosed location yesterday – a move his lawyer says is designed to prevent him from challenging charges on behalf of his client.
“Zhu Chengzhi, 62, was arrested last August on subversion charges and had been held at a Shaoyang police detention centre until yesterday.
“His lawyer, Liu Xiaoyuan , said Zhu’s family received a notice yesterday about Zhu’s ‘residential surveillance’ – which allows the police to hold a suspect but not necessarily at his home. Both Shaoyang police and prosecutors refused to say where Zhu was being held.
“‘Because he’s no longer at the detention centre, I have no way of seeing him to discuss challenging his charges, nor can I get access to files detailing his charges to prepare for a court hearing,’ Liu said.
“Zhu was the first of about a dozen of Li’s associates to speak out about Li’s suspicious death in June, raising fears that others in similar detention or under house arrest could face the same fate.”
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Radio Television Hong Kong reports: “China’s @weiquanwang website says that Hunan rights activist Zhu Chengzhi was arrested by Shaoyang police for the crime of ‘inciting subversion of state power’ on July 25 and is now detained at Shaoyang Detention Center.”
“The website says that Zhu is Li Wangyang’s close friend and had always been concerned with the cause of Li Wangyang’s death and consoled Li’s relatives. He was threatened by the police for that and had been administratively detained for 10 days for ‘disturbance of the peace’ as he refused to sign a written pledge required by the authority.
“Another Hunan rights activist Xiao Yong was sent by Shaoyang police on July 20 to labor camp for one and a half year for being concerned with Li Wangyang incident.”
Bizarre “Suicide” in Hunan of June 4 Leader Is Suspected Murder dated June 7
SCMP: Clampdown on Li Wangyang’s Friends Goes On dated June 20
SCMP: Civil Rights Activist Gets Two Tears in Labour Camp dated July 20
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SCMP says, “Civil rights activist Xiao Yong has been sentenced to two years in a labour camp for buying stolen motorcycles.
“However, his friends say authorities are using it as an excuse to silence him ahead of the 18th Communist Party congress.”
“‘Even though he had already returned the stolen bikes and was not prosecuted at the time, Xiao was informed by the police he would be sentenced to two years at a labour camp for owning illegal bikes,’ an online posting said.”
Xiao had publicly criticised the government over June 4 activist Li Wangyang’s death and made calls on his microblog account for a fair investigation into Li’s death.
However long the police report on investigation about Li Wangyang’s death and however sound the grounds in the report that a person can commit suicide by hanging himself with his feet on the ground, doubts remain due to lots of suspicious circumstances such as the haste of cremation strongly suspected of destroying evidence, the secrecy of the autopsy, the restriction of relatives’ and friends’ freedom to contact other people, etc.
What has really been soundly proved without any doubt is that there is no rule of law or adequate human rights in China.
As for the police report on Li Wangyang’s death, SCMP’s Shi Jiangtao reports from Beijing, “A month-long probe by Hunan’s provincial authorities into the mysterious death of June 4 dissident Li Wangyang has upheld the previous official verdict that the frail rights activist committed suicide.
“Lengthy reports on the investigation into Li’s death, which sparked a public outcry and mass protests involving tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong, were released by the provincial police authorities last night through the Beijing-backed Hong Kong China News Agency instead of more popular channels such as Xinhua.”
“The reports said Li, who was blind and deaf and could barely walk after being tortured during the 21 years he spent in jail for his involvement in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, tore a strip from his bed sheet which he used to hang himself from the window while his roommate slept.”
Tang Jingling, a legal rights activist who Li Wangling asked for legal advice, said, that if the authorities “are serious about addressing apparent flaws in the local government’s handling of Li’s case, why cannot his relatives and friends … clearly muzzled or even under police custody, talk to the press and other friends freely?”
He said the central government may have played a role in the handling of Li’s case, citing reports that activists across the mainland were barred from travelling to Shaoyang after Li’s death.
SCMP says, “Hunan police have sought help from the Chinese Forensic Medicine Association in an investigation into the death of Tiananmen activist Li Wangyang.”
A Chinese official media said forensic and criminal investigation experts had been sent to Shaoyang to conduct the probe.
However, Hong Kong protest leader regards it as a “superficial act to soothe the Hong Kong public” ahead of a visit by President Hu Jintao to mark the 15th anniversary of the city’s handover on July 1.
SCMP says on June 20, 2012, “Two weeks after veteran pro-democracy activist Li Wangyang died under suspicious circumstances, some of his friends who have spoken out about his case remained detained by police or were still under house arrest yesterday, according to people familiar with them.”
“Activist Zhu Chengzhi, who was given a 10-day administrative detention by police on June 8 after disputing the official ruling that Li committed suicide, should have been released on Monday, but he was immediately taken into police custody again, according to fellow activist Wang Lihong .”
“Several of Li’s Hunan-based friends could not be reached by phone yesterday, and their whereabouts were unknown.
“One friend, Luo Xiaoqing, said by phone that he had been confined to his home for more than a week, with several guards blocking his front door 24 hours a day.”
SCMP reports from Shaoyang, “Authorities give in to mounting public pressure and indicate they no longer believe that Li Wangyang killed himself in hospital or suffered an accident.”
It says, “‘Apart from entrusting authoritative forensic experts from outside the province to conduct an autopsy, [we] have launched a further probe by a team of experienced criminal investigation experts,’ the Beijing-backed Hong Kong China News Agency quoted a spokesman of Hunan provincial public security bureau as saying yesterday.
“The spokesman admitted the probe was largely prompted by the persistent attention and concern over Li’s death by overseas media and the public. The findings of the investigation would be publicised in a timely manner, he said.”
It also says, “Meanwhile, in Shaoyang, where Li died, the city’s police chief, Li Xiaokui , told his close friends that he “didn’t order the killing” of the democracy activist.
“He also told friends that the Li case “was very complex” and expressed fears that he might be made the scapegoat for Li’s death in the Daxiang district hospital on the morning of June 6.”
Hong Kong’s Singtao Daily says, Chinese rights activist Hu Jia was taken away by the public security authority yesterday evening and allowed to return home after 8 hours. However, Hu remains under surveillance and control now. The incident is suspected to be related to his response to the death of Li Wangyang, the blind democracy activist.
Hu Jia left a message on Twitter this morning, stating that he was summoned by the public security authority and released this morning after 8 hours. He recalled his experience of being brought away by the authority yesterday evening, saying that he saw a few police cars with Public Security logo and more than 20 policemen in uniform outside the door of his residence and then he was brought away by them.
Hu Jia believes that in appearance, he was taken away because he talked about Li Wangyang and Chen Guangcheng when he was interviewed by foreign media, but in essence, they want to prevent him from visiting the elders of the brothers in Dongshigu Village, Linyi, Shandong (i.e. Chen Guangcheng’s and his brother’s elders).
When Hu Jai was interviewed by foreign media the preceding day, he said that there were quite a few things suspectable in Li Wangyang’s death, and made clear that he would never commit suicide under whatever circumstances.
Yesterday, a coalition of 30 local political and pressure groups organized a demonstration joined by 25,000 people to the central government’s liaison office demanding an investigation into the bizarre death of Tiananmen dissident Li Wangyang.
Authorities previously said that Li died of suicide but now alleges in a statement that Li’s death was an accident and the hasty cremation was done with Li’s relatives’ consent. The explanation is also bizarre as the authorities have deprived Li’s relatives of the freedom to contact the media. If what they said were true, why was the haste to cremate Li’s body to destroy the evidence?