A sham condemnation to four and a half years in prison on the most general and abused charge: attempted subversion of the state order. Wang Quanzhang famous lawyer for rights had no chance to defend his innocence.
The sentence comes after more than three years since the beginning of his detention. This was announced by the Intermediate People's Court of Tianjin, in Northeast China. The city where the trial was held against him last December 26th. Wang Quanzhang will not be able to benefit from political and civil rights for the next five years.
During the trial, Wang had fired his lawyer, appointed by the court. It is not clear if the lawyer is defended alone and if at this point he will appeal on appeal. To make this news public, his wife, Li Wenzu, who did not have access to the courtroom. No family member could meet him in these three years. And his wife in protest had marched for 100 km in the country.
The lawyer was in detention since July 2015. Then he was taken over by the police during a raid. The same that led to the arrest of about 250 between lawyers and activists throughout China.
The lawyer worked for the Fengrui law firm, known for accepting sensitive cases. He himself had represented during the years political activists and members of the spiritual movement of the Fa Lun Gong, outlawed in China. And victim of fierce repression by the authorities.
His case has raised a wave of indignation at the international level. Among the first to condemn Amnesty International, who called it "outrageous". And he asked for the immediate release of Wang Quanzhang.