王宇：“刚开始的时候，海淀分局给王全平律师作出的处理是行政拘留，但是因为王全平没有配合警方，包括什么签字、按指印类似的这些。 所以警方恼羞成怒，然后给王全平律师给转成刑事拘留，给转送到看守所了。它这是肆意违法， 就完全是公权力滥用的一种行为。”
Another Lawyer Detained: Legal Profession React in Solidarity.
Recently, suppression of human rights lawyers
in China has repeatedly been reported.
Following the high-profile Jiansanjiang incident,
lawyers have now been illegally detained in Beijing.
Human rights lawyer Wang Jinping
was detained by Beijing police.
This was because he publicly posted information
about official’s assets on his own car.
Approximately one hundred lawyers have joined
together to defend Wang Jinping, and numbers are growing.
According to Chinese Human Rights Defenders, lawyer
Wang Jinping drove alone from Guangdong to Beijing.
He wanted to attend the trial of New
Citizen Movement advocate Ding Jiaxi.
Wang Jinping was kidnapped by local
police at the entrance of Beijing Haidian Court.
This was because he had a satirical
slogan on the body of his car.
Wang Yu, Beijing Lawyer: Lawyer Wang Jinping
went missing on the afternoon of April 8.
Nobody knows his whereabouts.
We contacted his family; but they didn’t
receive any news from police office.
Police should inform family members within 24 hours by
phone or letter; but the family has not received any news.
At 3pm on April 10, and after several inquiries,
Wang Jinping’s family learned that he had been
detained in Haidian Detention Center by Haidian
Branch of the Beijing Public Security Bureau.
He was charged with the crime of
‘quarrelling and provoking trouble’.
The news of Wang Jinping’s detention
caused anger amongst the legal profession.
Many lawyers criticized the authorities willful
suppression of people’s freedom of speech.
Some lawyers believed Wang Jinping’s
activity did not constitute a crime.
They think the police just detained him by giving him a crime.
Fu Yonggang, Shandong lawyer: “It’s so
foolish, since the slogan on his car was
just ‘people call for property declarations.’
It also had sarcastic words saying that, “public
servants do not need to publicize their property."
I believe this is a correct judgment on the society.
The alleged crime of quarrelling and provoking
troubles is groundless, as is disrupting social
order, and causing damage to public property.
His behavior certainly does not accord
with these crime, and he is no guilty."
In condemning the authorities, a number of lawyers jointly
launched activities to voluntarily defend Wang Jinping.
They seek to safeguard the dignity of the
Chinese Constitution, and uphold the law.
Up until noon on April 14, as many as 169
lawyers have responded to the campaign.
The number is continuing to increase.
Meanwhile, Hunan lawyer Yang Jinzhu also proposed to form
a thousand-lawyer team to defend for lawyer Wang Jinping.
He says, “Chinese lawyers will be too many to be arrested!"
Fu Yonggang: “We as lawyers cannot
ignore what Wang Jinping has experienced.
We believe his conduct was legitimate and proper.
From a legal point of view or from a social judgment, we
believe what Wang Jinping has done is very meaningful.
We appreciate his conduct."
On the morning of April 14, lawyers Jiang Yuanmin
and Zhang Qingfang met Wang Jinping in Haidian
District Detention Center, in order to act as his defence.
They learned in conversation with Wang that his detention
has been upgraded from administrative to criminal.
This was because Wang refused
to cooperate with the police.
The police became angry and sought revenge.
Wang Yu: “At first, Haidian police had detained
Wang Jinping under administrative detention.
But he refused to cooperate with the police, including
refusing to sign a report, or to give any thumbprints.
The police became mad and changed
the conditions to criminal detention.
Lawyer Wang was then sent to the detention center.
This is in violation of the law; an act of abuse of power."
Beijing lawyer Wang Yu indicates that on the afternoon of
April 14, attorneys Jiang Yuanmin and Zhang Qingfang
submitted an application to Beijing Municipal Procuratorate.
They are calling for an investigation into abuse
public power by Haidian Public Security Bureau.
However, lawyers are not optimistic about the outcome.
This is because of the non-independence
of the judiciary system in China.
Supervision of the Procuratorate cannot function fully.
Interview & Edit/Zhang Tianyu Post-Production/Xiao Yu