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Search Results Detail for 'Wang Yu'
Personal Details
CECC Record Number: 2015-00252   Ethnic Group:
Detention Status: REL   Sex: F
Issue Category: rol/assoc   Age at Detention: 44
Main Name: Wang Yu   Religion:
Chinese Characters (Main Name): 王宇 Occupation: lawyer
Alternate Name (Lay or Pen):   Affiliation: Beijing Fengrui Law Firm
Additional Name(s):   Residence Province: Beijing Shi (prov.)
Pinyin Name:   Residence Prefecture: Beijing Shi Muni. Urb. Area (pref.)
  Residence County: Chaoyang Dist.
Imprisonment or Detention Details
Date of Detention: 2015/07/09
Current Prison: Tianjin No. 1 PSB Det. Ctr.
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Province Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Tianjin Shi (prov.)
Prefecture Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Tianjin Shi Muni. Urb. Area (pref.)
County Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Xiqing Dist.
Legal Process
Legal Process: chg/rel   Formal Arrest Date: 2016/01/08
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Charge (Statute): CL97-art105(1)   Sent. Ends Per PRC:
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Short Summary
According to CHRD (13 July 15; 13 July 15) and Reuters (13 July 15), on July 9, 2015, security officials in Beijing municipality detained lawyer Wang Yu. Around the same day, authorities took into custody her husband, lawyer Bao Longjun. Wang worked at Beijing's Fengrui Law Firm and had represented several high-profile cases, including Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti and activist Wu Gan. According to Wang’s lawyers, police in Hexi district, Tianjin municipality, held Wang under “residential surveillance at a designated location” on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” (RDN, 5 August 15). The Hexi PSB reportedly denied her lawyers’ application to meet with her, accusing Wang of the crime of “inciting subversion of state power” (RDN, 7 August 15). Authorities reportedly arrested Wang on January 8, 2016, on suspicion of "subversion of state power" holding her at the Tianjin No. 1 PSB Detention Center (RDN, 13 January 16). On August 1, Wang appeared in recorded interviews, believed to be coerced, expressing remorse for her work (Oriental News, 1 August 16; Phoenix Net, 1 August 16). She had reportedly been released on bail shortly before, but several associates could not contact her (SMH, 2 August 16). CRLW (23 July 17) reported that Wang's bail was lifted in July 2017.