Wang Quanzhang sentenced to 4,5 years in prison
On 28 January 2019, the Tianjin Municipal No.2 Intermediate People’s Court found prominent human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang guilty of “subversion of state power” and sentenced him to 4 years and 6 months in prison and 5-year deprivation of political rights.
Wang Quanzhang is a human rights lawyer who has a history of taking on sensitive cases, including defending Falun Gong practitioners, investigative journalists and democracy advocates.
In August 2015, police arrested Wang Quanzhang in the context of the ‘709 crackdown’. He disappeared for months before he was charged in January 2016 with ‘subversion of state power’. Before the start of the trial, Wang Quanzhang had been held incommunicado for over three years and without any form of due process. He was not given access to an independent legal counsellor of his choosing and has been denied access to his family lawyer, who was allegedly intimidated into withdrawing from his case.
Lawyers for Lawyers has grave concerns about the situation of Wang Quanzhang. We have been calling for his release since his disappearance in 2015. Shortly after the verdict, Lawyers for Lawyers co-signed a statement together with a broad coalition of organizations, calling for the immediate release of Wang Quanzhang. Read the full statement here.
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