Lawyer Xie Yang freed from criminal punishment despite guilty verdict for subversion

By Bai Tiantian in Changsha Source:Global Times Published: 2017/12/26 22:38:40

Judges offer leniency in response to good behavior

Lawyer Xie Yang was exempted from receiving criminal punishment by a court in Central China's Hunan Province on Tuesday despite being found guilty of inciting subversion. 

The leniency was based on the fact that Xie's behavior did not cause serious social harm, said Changsha Intermediate People's Court, and that Xie had already confessed and pleaded guilty during the trial.

Xie was also accused of disrupting court order by local prosecutors, but the Hunan Province court ruled on Tuesday that Xie was not guilty on this count.

Xie accepted the verdict and said he would not appeal.

The judicial organs had protected his lawful rights during detention, he said, and he was grateful for the leniency. Xie vowed to be a law-abiding citizen in future.

The session started 9:30 am on Tuesday and was broadcast live on the court's official social media account.

Xie was placed under residential surveillance on July 11, 2015 and formally arrested on January 9, 2016. He stood trial at the Changsha court on May 8 this year and was released on bail after the trial.

Xie was one of the lawyers representing the family of Xu Chunhe, shot dead by a police officer on May 2, 2015 at the Qing'an train station in Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province.

The death prompted online debate at the time over why the officer used his firearm.

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

Xie denied during the May trial that he had been tortured, as claimed in some reports.

Jiang Tianyong, a former lawyer in Beijing, previously admitted to fabricating claims that Xie was tortured in custody.

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

Jiang was sentenced to two years in prison by the same Changsha court in November.

Meanwhile, a court in Tianjin on Tuesday sentenced Wu Gan to eight years for inciting subversion.

Wu was said to have colluded with illegal religious activists, professional petitioners, lawyers and other people also under the influence of subversive thoughts.

Wu was accused of spreading falsified information online, hyping up hotspot cases and attacking the State system.

Newspaper headline: Court releases guilty lawyer

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