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Search Results Detail for 'Tang Jingling'
 
Personal Details
CECC Record Number: 2011-00255   Ethnic Group: Han
Detention Status: DET   Sex: M
Issue Category: assoc/spch/6489   Age at Detention: 42
Main Name: Tang Jingling   Religion:
Chinese Characters (Main Name): 唐荆陵 Occupation: lawyer, defense
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Additional Name(s):   Residence Province: Guangdong Province
Pinyin Name:   Residence Prefecture: Guangzhou Shi (pref.)
  Residence County: Baiyun Dist.
Imprisonment or Detention Details
Date of Detention: 2014/05/16
Current Prison: Guangzhou No. 1 PSB Det. Ctr.
Sentence Length (Years): 5
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Province Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Guangdong Province
Prefecture Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Guangzhou Shi (pref.)
County Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Guangzhou Shi Muni. Urb. Area (cty.)
Legal Process
Legal Process: chg/tri/sent   Formal Arrest Date: 2014/06/20
Trial Court: Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court   Trial Date: 2015/06/19
Sentence Court: Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court   Sentence Date: 2016/01/29
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Charge (Statute): CL97-art105(2)   Sent. Ends Per PRC:
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Short Summary
According to RDN (16 May 14; 21 June 14), SCMP (16 May 14) and China Free Press (16 May 14), on May 16, 2014, public security officials in Baiyun district, Guangzhou municipality, Guangdong province, criminally detained lawyer Tang Jingling on suspicion of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble." On June 20, officials formally arrested Tang on suspicion of "inciting subversion of state power" (CL, art. 105), detaining him at the Guangzhou No. 1 PSB Detention Center. Tang and activists Wang Qingying and Yuan Xinting participated in the "Nonviolent Citizens' Disobedience Movement," a network of activists advocating legal and social reform. All three reportedly called for a "June Fourth Meditation" before their May 2014 detentions. On June 19, 2015, the Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court tried Wang, Yuan, and Tang (RDN, 19 June 15). After the three dismissed their lawyers, the trial was delayed until July 23 and ended without a verdict on July 24 (RFA, 23 July 15; 24 July 15). The court convicted and sentenced Tang to 5 years in prison on January 29, 2016 (NYT, 28 January 16). Tang gained prominence as a lawyer working on compensation and corruption cases and representing activists. Tang was prevented from practicing law since 2005.