Lawyer under investigation for negative comments about Party, govt

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/7/18 19:43:39

The Hangzhou Lawyers Association announced Monday that it is investigating one of its members after receiving complaints about his "negative comments regarding the Party and the government."

Wu Youshui, the lawyer from the Bijian Law Firm based in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang Province posted a photo of the association's notice to his WeChat public account Monday and rejected the allegations against him.

The notice he posted claims that the investigation was sparked by a complaint made to the association by a netizen on July 11 who claimed that "Wu has constantly posted negative comments about the Party and the government on his Sina Weibo, which has exerted a negative social inmpact and marred lawyers' professional image."

The notice claimed that the complainer asked the association to punish Wu based on "the relevant regulations."

The association has demanded Wu submit a written defense, according to the notice.

Regulations passed last year say lawyers should not incite discontent with the Party or government on the Internet.

All lawyer associations have the right to advise, warn and criticize publicly their members and either suspend or repeal their memberships if they are found to have breached professional rules, according to national industrial regulations. Membership of a lawyer association is a prerequisite for practicing law in China.

Wu called the complaint "funny," denied his remarks had a negative influence on society and said he "merely gave some personal opinions, which happen to be different from those of some 'paid Internet trolls,'" in the post to his public WeChat account.

Global Times

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