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Search Results Detail for 'Xie Yang'
Personal Details
CECC Record Number: 2015-00295   Ethnic Group:
Detention Status: DET/bail   Sex: M
Issue Category: assoc/rol/spch   Age at Detention: 43
Main Name: Xie Yang   Religion:
Chinese Characters (Main Name): 谢阳 Occupation: lawyer
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Additional Name(s):   Residence Province: Hunan Province
Pinyin Name:   Residence Prefecture: Changsha Shi (pref.)
  Residence County: Yuelu Dist.
Imprisonment or Detention Details
Date of Detention: 2015/07/11
Current Prison: Changsha No. 2 PSB Det. Ctr.
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Province Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Hunan Province
Prefecture Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Changsha Shi (pref.)
County Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Changsha Cty.
Legal Process
Legal Process: chg/tri/sent/rel-PSB   Formal Arrest Date: 2016/01/08
Trial Court: Changsha Intermediate People's Court   Trial Date: 2017/05/08
Sentence Court: Changsha Intermediate People's Court   Sentence Date: 2017/12/26
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Charge (Statute): CL97-art105(2)/CL97-art309   Sent. Ends Per PRC:
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Short Summary
According to CRLW (15 July 15; 3 April 18), CHRD (10 August 15), RDN (11 January 16; 4 January 17; 19 January 17), WSJ (8 May 17), and Changsha Intermediate People's Court (via Weibo, 26 December 17), on July 11, 2015, public security officials from Changsha municipality, Hunan province, detained lawyer Xie Yang in Huaihua municipality, Hunan, and the next day placed him under “residential surveillance at a designated location” in Changsha for “disrupting court order” and “inciting subversion of state power.” On January 9, 2016, authorities arrested Xie for "inciting subversion," holding him at the Changsha No. 2 PSB Detention Center. On December 16, Changsha authorities indicted Xie for "inciting subversion of state power" and "disrupting court order" (CL, arts. 105(2) and 309), citing Xie's online statements, including about one of his clients, democracy advocate Xie Wenfei. In January 2017, Xie told his lawyers officials tortured him in detention through beatings, sleep deprivation, death threats, and denial of proper food, water, and medical care. On May 8, the Changsha Intermediate People's Court tried Xie and released him on bail. On December 26, the court convicted Xie but decided not to impose punishment, though his bail was not lifted.