China lawyer de­tained af­ter sup­port­ing oth­ers

The China Post - - LIFE -

A main­land Chi­nese lawyer who spoke up on be­half of rights lawyers per­se­cuted by author­i­ties was him­self taken away by po­lice in hand­cuffs, his wife said Fri­day.

Po­lice came just be­fore the mid­night Thurs­day and pried open locks to the door at Yu Wen­sheng’s Bei­jing apart­ment and stormed in, his wife Xu Yan said. The of­fi­cers took Yu away in hand­cuffs and con­fis­cated his com­puter, flash drives and other dig­i­tal stor­age units, Xu said.

Bei­jing po­lice did not re­spond to a faxed re­quest seek­ing con­fir­ma­tion.

Xu said her hus­band was sum­moned on sus­pi­cion of caus­ing trou­bles, although he was yet to be for­mally de­tained.

Bei­jing has de­tained about two dozen rights- de­fender lawyers since early July, ac­cus­ing them of be­ing part of a crim­i­nal gang that sab­o­taged China’s le­gal sys­tem, but crit­ics say the lawyers are be­ing pun­ished for their in­sis­tence that the law be fol­lowed faith­fully and the gov­ern­ment held ac­count­able.

Hun­dreds of lawyers across the main­land have been told not to speak up for those in po­lice cus­tody, but Yu ig­nored the warn­ings and spoke to for­eign media, in­clud­ing The As­so­ci­ated Press.

AP

In this Thurs­day, July 23 photo, main­land Chi­nese lawyer Yu Wen­sheng holds up his hands to show how death-row pris­on­ers are hand­cuffed 24 hours a day dur­ing an in­ter­view at his of­fice in Bei­jing.

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