Xie Yang stands trial on inciting State subversion charges

By Bai Tiantian in Changsha Source:Global Times Published: 2017/5/8 10:12:37

Chinese lawyer Xie Yang, who is charged with inciting State subversion, stood trial on Monday in Central China's Hunan Province. 

The trial started at 9:30 am Monday at Changsha Intermediate Court and was broadcast on the court's Sina Weibo account. 

Xie faces charges of inciting subversion of State power and disrupting court order. He was put under residential surveillance on July 11, 2015 and was formally arrested on January 9, 2016.

Xie said in court that he had not been tortured as was claimed by some reports. He told prosecutors that his legal rights had been sufficiently protected and he had not been subjected to interrogation.
Jiang Tianyong, a former lawyer in Beijing, previously admitted to fabricating claims that Xie was tortured while in custody. 

The fabricated news catered to the "taste of Western media," in a bid to discredit the Chinese government and judicial authorities, Jiang told the Global Times in March.


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