Local justice bureau reviewing punishment handed to rights lawyer

By Zhao Yusha Source:Global Times Published: 2016/12/5 23:43:40

The punishment to a lawyer for disturbing the court order while representing two civil rights activists is under discussion, a judicial official from Shandong Province said, following a petition by 300 lawyers to revoke the punishment.

The official surnamed Zhou from the Bureau of Justice in Jinan, capital of East China's Shandong Province told the Global Times that the punishment of suspending the lawyer's license for a year for disturbing the court's order is still at a hearing stage and the bureau will reveal the relevant information after the case is closed.

Li Jinxing, the defense lawyer of Yang Maodong (also known as Guo Feixiong online), a jailed rights activist, was punished for "speaking at court (Tianhe court in South China's Guangdong Province) without authorization, disrupting and verbally attacking the judge … as well as disturbing the court procedures," reads the bureau's notice sent by Li to the Global Times on Monday.

Li denied the accusation, saying that he didn't interrupt the hearing. Accusing the court of instantly rejecting his defense, Li said he applied for public hearing on the administrative penalty decision on Sunday.

Yang, 50, was detained on the charge of disrupting public order in Tianhe district in Guangzhou, Guangdong in 2014. Yang, who has been put into jail and detained several times, harbors extreme political views, according to previous reports.

Over 300 Chinese lawyers sent a joint letter to the justice bureau on Sunday, claiming that the Tianhe court had forbidden the defense lawyer from duplicating important evidences of the case and disrupted the lawyer's speech, which hampered the exercise of the defendant's litigious right.

The justice bureau should protect lawyers' rights, deal with them rationally, and exercise discretion in handling the courts' complaints against them, instead of suppressing the lawyers, reads the statement.

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