Xie Yang has been accused of conspiring to overthrow China’s political system and faces a possible five years in prison
A leading Chinese human rights lawyer has been put on trial for allegedly conspiring to overthrow China’s political system, just days after the United Nations slammed Beijing’s ongoing offensive against human rights defenders.
Xie Yang, a 45-year-old attorney who was among the best-known targets of a sweeping crackdown dubbed China’s “war on law”, went on trial at 9.30am in the central city of Changsha, according to Xinhua, the Communist party-controlled news agency.
A Chinese lawyer on trial for subversion and disrupting court order has dismissed rumours that he was tortured while in police detention. pic.twitter.com/VitDQorkzs