Hundreds of Lawyers Appeal Release of Unlawfully Detained
Recently, the Communist regime detained more lawyers
and citizens who attempted to pay tribute to unlawfully
Dr. Liu Sixin and activist Ma Qiang were detained
for seven days at the Changping police station.
More than 100 lawyers issued an appeal letter demanding
the immediate release of Liu Sixin and Ma Qiang.
On Sept. 7, more than 100 lawyers across China
issued a jointly signed appeal.
Accordingly, Changping Justice Bureau of Beijing conducted
a hearing on attorney Cheng Hai's yearlong suspension.
Many lawyers and citizens attended the hearing but later
were illegally summoned by the authorities on Sept. 5.
That evening, Liu Sixin and Ma Qiang paid solidarity to those
who were summoned at Changping police station.
However, they were punished with administrative detention
for seven days on crimes of disrupting unit order.
Beijing lawyer Tang Jitian, participant of the appeal letter:
"Dr. Liu Sixin, Ma Qiang and others went to the police station
with the intention of bringing food for those
who were summoned.
But the police were very rude and rejected their visit.
During negotiation, Dr. Liu's northern accent
could have angered the station director."
Reportedly, Ma Qiang and Liu Sixin argued
with station director Lee Xiquan.
Liu Sixin questioned the legitimacy of the arrests.
In anger, he scolded the director
and was immediately arrested.
Ma Qiang, seeing this, said, "Arrest me too."
They were both arrested and detained for seven days.
The appeal letter stated that Dr. Liu Sixin earned his doctorate
in criminal law at Peking University, and was a postdoc
in Economic Law, Zhejiang University.
He is an outspoken, righteous civil rights activist
who fears no power.
He has composed several articles on behalf
of the national and the people's interest.
The appeal letter strongly condemned Beijing police
for abuse of power, arbitrary persecution of citizens,
and urged the police to abide by police ethic
and immediately release Liu Sixin and others.
The letter also demanded the National People's Congress
and its Standing Committee to endeavor to comply
to the constitutional principle of "all power belongs
to the people" and to maintain the authority
of the Constitution, rather than push people
to the opposite side.
Guangdong lawyer Sui Muqing, another participant
in the appeal letter, indicates that attending the hearing
is the legitimate right of citizens, and Liu Sixin's scolding
the police in anger does not constitute an offense.
Lawyer Sui Muqing: "Liu Sixin scolded the station director
because the director himself had an attitude.
He was detained for one bad mouthing.
But this bad mouthing was a response
to the unsatisfactory performance of the station director.
That's his right to supervise and criticize under the protection
of the Constitution.
He did not insult the director either.
His behavior clearly does not pose any violations."
Sui Muqing explains it is in fact the police station director
Lee Xiquan who had violated the law for the illegal summons,
arrest of lawyers and citizens.
He's the one who ought to be punished.
Sui Muqing: "The regime laws are draconian.
The laws have been used a tool to wantonly suppress people.
Anything in their favor, they will use it.
If the law is to their disadvantage,
they will negate it. It is very common."
The letter listed other indignation cases where lawyers
and citizens were randomly arrested, such as Henan lawyer
Chang Boyang, Guangzhou lawyer Tang Jingling,
and human rights lawyer Chen Wuquan.
Sui Muqing says that the Communist regime used
to cover up the suppression against the human rights lawyers
and activist groups.
But the camouflage is no more.
Lawyer Cheng Hai was once an attorney for the case
of New Citizens' Movement participant Ding Jiaxi.
His law practice was suspended for one year due to his
retiring from the court to protest the illegal court process.
Lawyer Sui Muqing is also at risk, facing penalties by
Guangzhou Bureau of Justice for defending for Ding Jiaxi.
Ding Jiaxi was once a lawyer himself, advocating property
declaration and equal education rights.
The authorities retaliated by charging him on crimes
of illegal assembly, provocation, and assembling
a crowd to disturb social order.
In late August, hundreds of lawyers across China have jointly
signed and issued a statement to the Justice Department
expressing serious concern about the suppression
of human rights lawyers.
They urged the Justice Department to withdraw the decision.
Lawyer Cheng Hai also asked the authorities to explain
compliance with legal proceedings and to prosecute
14 security officials suspected of illegal conduct.
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