Court sentences lawyer Jiang Tianyong to 2 years for State subversion

By Bai Tiantian in Changsha Source:Global Times Published: 2017/11/21 13:58:44

A court in Central China's Hunan Province sentenced a Chinese lawyer to two years in jail Tuesday for inciting State subversion.

Jiang Tianyong has been deprived of his political rights for three years. He told the People's Intermediate Court of Changsha he would not file an appeal. 

Jiang, 46, was a lawyer in Beijing but the Beijing Justice Bureau barred him from practicing law in 2009.

The Xinhua News Agency reported that Jiang and several other lawyers gathered a group of Falun Gong practitioners for a protest in Jiansanjiang, Heilongjiang Province in March 2014. 

The Chinese government considers Falun Gong a cult. 

The court said Jiang had developed ideas to overthrow the current political system under the long-term influence of the infiltration of anti-China forces. It said Jiang had participated in overseas training to overthrow the current administration, and had applied for financial support with anti-China forces to hype hot spot cases. 

The court also said Jiang had asked the wife of another Chinese lawyer Xie Yang to fabricate a story of Xie being tortured during detention. 

Xie was also charged with inciting subversion and was  tried by the same court in May. He was released on bail shortly after the trial. 

The court said it believes Jiang's behavior, including smearing the Chinese administration and its organs, attacking the current system established by the Constitution and inciting subversion in an attempt to overthrow the socialist system, constituted the crime of inciting State subversion. 

The court said it had accepted the plea for leniency from Jiang's attorneys. Jiang pleaded guilty in the previous trial in August. 

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