Date: May 8, 2017
A Chinese court says a prominent human rights lawyer, Xie Yang, has admitted being “brainwashed” overseas at his trial for inciting subversion.
It released transcripts in which he says he was trained in Hong Kong and South Korea to
“develop Western constitutionalism in China”.
In a video, he denies being maltreated since his arrest in July 2015.
The lawyer’s wife and human rights activists have both said that Mr Xie was tortured in custody.
His trial appears to have been held without advance public warning, the BBC’s John Sudworth reports from Beijing, and there was no way foreign journalists could verify the court transcripts which, like the video, were released on Weibo, China’s equivalent to Twitter.
He is one a number of prominent lawyers put on trial recently who have mostly represented land grab victims and campaigners for democratic reform. Such cases are considered highly sensitive by the authorities.
President Xi Jinping has overseen increasing restrictions on civil society while warning that Western ideals present a threat to national security. [FULL STORY]