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Search Results Detail for 'Yang Jianli'
Personal Details
CECC Record Number: 2004-04961   Ethnic Group: Han
Detention Status: REL   Sex: M
Issue Category: rol/dem/6489   Age at Detention: 39
Main Name: Yang Jianli   Religion:
Chinese Characters (Main Name): 杨建利 Occupation: teacher, researcher
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Additional Name(s):   Residence Province: [foreign]
Pinyin Name:   Residence Prefecture: (na)
  Residence County: (na)
Imprisonment or Detention Details
Date of Detention: 2002/04/26
Current Prison: Beijing No. 2 Prison
Sentence Length (Years): 5
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Province Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Beijing Shi (prov.)
Prefecture Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Beijing Shi Muni. Urb. Area (pref.)
County Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Chaoyang Dist.
Legal Process
Legal Process: chg/tri-close/sent-close/rel   Formal Arrest Date: 2002/04/28
Trial Court: Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court   Trial Date: 2003/08/04
Sentence Court: Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court   Sentence Date: 2004/05/13
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Charge (Statute): CL97-art110/CL97-art322   Sent. Ends Per PRC:
  Actual Date Released: 2007/04/27
Short Summary
US permanent resident Yang Jianli is a Chinese activist who participated in the Tiananmen democracy protests in 1989 and founded a pro-democracy NGO. The Chinese government refused to renew his passport in the early 1990s and placed his name on a 1994 blacklist of 49 pro-democracy activists barred from returning to China. Yang used another person's passport to enter China in 2002. He was detained on April 26 and held incommunicado for nearly 15 months. Although initially charged with illegal entry, he was later charged with espionage for alleged connections with Taiwan. He was tried in August 2003. In May 2004, he was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison. Yang refused to appeal his conviction on the grounds that his trial was a sham. He became eligible for parole in October 2004 and reportedly suffered from a minor stroke in December 2004. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary has found that Yang's detention was arbitrary. He was released on April 27, 2007.