In China, Rights Lawyer Likely to Be Disbarred for Defending Client

Authorities in China’s southern Guangdong province are expected to soon revoke the license of a prominent rights lawyer, apparently for defending his client. Authorities held a public hearing Saturday to decide if such an administrative punishment would be imposed on lawyer Liu Zhengqing, according to other rights lawyers.   A final decision is expected a week from the hearing.   The ruling against Liu for allegedly “endangering state security” and “malicious defamation” while defending his clients will be the first of its kind.   The department of justice in Guangdong didn’t specify which comments in Liu’s earlier defense statements were at issue when he defended an ethnic Uighur minority in late 2016 and a Falun Gong practitioner in 2017.   Media reports, however, said what riled authorities the most was an earlier defense, in which he said: “the Chinese Communist Party was having a dictator’s doomsday panic, so much so that its lackeys were enforcing a political suppression through judicial means.”   Once disbarred, Liu will be the 26th rights lawyers in China who has suffered such administrative suppression in the past year or so, rights groups say.     Fight against state apparatus   Liu did not show up at Saturday’s hearing to defend himself. He told VOA that he was unwilling to play along with what he called a “show trial” the provincial justice department has put on to disbar him.   “[Such an administrative punishment on me] is neither legal nor reasonable. But what can I say? Will they listen to me? It’s just another black-box operation of theirs. I have no way of [defending for myself] or telling what will come my way next,” Liu said.   Liu added that an individual can’t win the fight against the state apparatus. He thus won’t waste time and... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, In China, Rights Lawyer Likely to Be Disbarred for Defending Client, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you In China, Rights Lawyer Likely to Be Disbarred for Defending Client





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Monday, 7 January, 2019



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