Xie Yang released on bail after Hunan trial

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/5/10 14:29:47

Chinese lawyer Xie Yang, who was charged with inciting subversion, has left police custody on bail. 

He released a statement on Tuesday to rescind an earlier statement from January 13, while claiming the interview he gave this week with Changsha TV was conducted of his own free will and expressed his true feelings. 

The January statement by Xie said that he had been tortured, and whatever confession he made would have been coerced. 

Xie left for home after he stood trial on Monday at the Changsha Intermediate People's Court in Central China's Hunan Province.  

He was charged with "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 confessed both in court and in the Changsha TV interview that he had not been tortured and apologized for his past behaviors, including hyping up a high-profile case and instigating a confrontation between the public and the government. 

Xie was one of the lawyers representing the family of Xu Chunhe, who was shot dead by a police officer on May 2, 2015 at the Qing'an train station in Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province. The man's death prompted hot debate online at the time over why the officer decided to use his firearm. 

The indictment claims that Xie and several other lawyers held up banners and protested in Qing'an as the case made national headlines.

Xie also told the court that he received three training sessions outside the Chinese mainland - one in South Korea and two in Hong Kong - which first gave him the idea of overthrowing the current administration. He said he received the training from Hong Kong-based Christian and civil rights lawyer associations. 

Global Times



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