Archive for December 27th, 2009

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Teng Biao: Invalid Use of Testimony

Teng Biao (滕彪), a lawyer and one of the founders of the Open Constitution Initiative, has made a statement on a testimony to the Beijing Public Security Bureau  which was apparently used as “evidence” in the trial of Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波), which ended on Friday with an eleven-year jail sentence. In his statement of Friday, he points out that he didn’t even mention Liu Xiaobo in his testimony to the PSB, and that he hadn’t been questioned and cross-examined as a witness in court for verification, as required by article 47 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Under the Jacaranda has published Teng Biao’s statement in Chinese, and an English translation. His statement also refers to use which had been made in Hu Jia’s verdict.

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