Shen Liangqing (沈良庆)Comments Off on Shen Liangqing (沈良庆)
Shen Liangqing (沈良庆)
Crime: “Picking Quarrels and Provoking Trouble”
Length of Punishment: N/A
Trial Date: N/A
Sentencing Date: N/A
Dates of Detention/Arrest/Indictment: May 16, 2019 (criminal detention), June 20, 2019 (formal arrest)
Place of Incarceration: Hefei City Detention Center, Anhui Province
On May 15, 2019, Anhui police seized Shen Liangqing near his residence in the evening while he was walking his dog. Shen later told his lawyer that unknown men grabbed him and put a black hood over his head, making him believe he was being kidnapped, before police officers showed identification. Police confiscated Shen’s cellphone and computer, claiming “to preserve evidence for investigation.” The police then criminally detained Shen for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” on May 16. On June 25, Shen’s family received the notification for his formal arrest from the Baohe Branch of the Hefei City Public Security Bureau in which it said Shen had been formally arrested for the same charge on June 20.
A lawyer hired by his family first visited Shen on May 28. The national security police officers from Hefei City Public Security Bureau tried to pressurd Shen to dismiss the family-hired lawyer and said they will assign a lawyer to represent him, but Shen refused. On August 29, Shen’s lawyer together with his family members met with Shen at the detention center for 20 minutes. During this meeting Shen mentioned during the meeting that he was taken back to his home on July 25 to “verify the crime scene”. Shen also said he had written a letter to the family on July 19 but the investigation unit censored his letter and the family eventually did not receive it. Prosecutors indicated to Shen’s family that his detention is based on 18 posts on his Twitter account expressing his opinions. Hefei police officers examined several electronics belonging to Shen while he was in custody and eventually returned them damaged to his family.
Shen’s lawyer Liu Hao said he visited Shen in the detention center in September 2019 and that Shen’s case had already been transferred to the procuratorate for consideration of indictment.
Shen Liangqing, born October 6, 1962, is a writer, netizen, and activist who had frequently used social media to comment on human rights issues in China. He had been involved in pro-democracy advocacy since 1984, including in China’s pro-democracy movement in 1989, during which he organized student demonstrators in Hefei City, Anhui Province. Shen served as a procuratorate official in Anhui Province from 1984 until 1992, when he was issued an 18-month prison sentence for “inciting subversion of state power” as a form of government retaliation for his activities tied to his 1989 advocacy. Shen was also detained for nine days in 2015, for allegedly spreading “false information” online about a deadly chemical factory explosion in Tianjin Municipality that resulted in mass casualties and injuries.