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‘We by no means anticipated that in any case that, there could be such a merciless end result’ — Radio Free Asia


The daughter of an outspoken Chinese language poet who referred to as on ruling Chinese language Communist Get together (CCP) chief Xi Jinping to step down has hit out at an “unjust and merciless” jail sentence handed all the way down to her father.

Zhang Yiran, at the moment residing in the US, made a brief video outlining the main points of her father’s case.

“Hello everybody. I am Zhang Yiran, Lu Yang’s daughter,” she mentioned. “My father was sentenced to the merciless punishment of six years’ imprisonment for posting a video to social media calling on Chinese language chief Xi Jinping to step down.”

“He was taken away by police on Might 1, 2020, and tried in secret on Sept. 15, 2020 by the Liaocheng Intermediate Individuals’s Courtroom on expenses of ‘incitement to subvert state energy’,” Zhang mentioned, including that he was then held for an extra two years and three months on the Liaocheng Detention Middle, whereas his household waited and waited for information of the end result.

In China’s prison justice system, sentencing is often introduced inside six weeks of a trial’s conclusion.

“Just lately, on July 26, 2022, he was sentenced in secret to 6 years’ imprisonment and three years’ deprivation of political rights,” Zhang mentioned. “The sentence was communicated verbally to my mom by the courtroom, which refused to provide her the courtroom judgment, saying they contained state secrets and techniques.”

In addition they informed her at the moment that Lu had mentioned he needed to enchantment, she mentioned.

“That is an unfair, unjust and merciless sentence, and I, my mom, and my grandmother, who’s bed-bound with sickness and in her nineties, waited and suffered for 2 years to listen to it,” Zhang mentioned. “We by no means anticipated that in any case that, there could be such a merciless end result.”

She mentioned her mom had employed a lawyer from the Haiyang Legislation Agency in Shandong to arrange the case for enchantment on the Shandong Provincial Excessive Courtroom.

“I urge all individuals of conscience to assist my father, and name on the Chinese language authorities to undo this injustice and provides him again his rights,” Zhang mentioned.

Zhang Guiqi, 49, who’s extensively recognized by his penname Lu Yang, pleaded not responsible to the costs, which got here after he posted a video of himself calling on Xi to step down, and calling for “an finish to the CCP dictatorship.”

Lu Yang was amongst a gaggle of rights activists who went to the Shandong Jianzhu College in January 2017 to assist a former professor there, Deng Xiangchao, who was focused by Maoist protesters after he retweeted a submit satirizing late supreme chief Mao Zedong.

The Shandong authorities terminated Deng’s instructing contract after the incident, whereas Maoist flash mobs attacked Deng’s supporters on the scene, together with Yang.

Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.




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