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Urgent Appeal Concerning Jiaozuo Police's Coercive Summons of a Lawyer

July 22, 2014

In this urgent appeal, lawyer Liu Jinbin (刘金滨) calls on the All China Lawyers' Association, prosecutorial organs, and other stakeholders to end the police's unlawful coercive summons of lawyer Chang Weiping in Jiaozuo, Henan. The couple,  Xu Youchen (许有臣) and Zhang Xiaoyu (张小玉), who are active petitioners, have been accused of stabbing a police officer who later died. After the two were taken into custody, Chang Weiping arrived in Jiaozuo City on July 20 to provide legal assistance to his clients. On July 21, instead of allowing a lawyer-client meeting between Chang and Xu and Zhang, the Jiaozuo police demanded that Chang answer questions as a witness in the case. Chang refused and was allegedly kept by the police for seven to eight hours before being interrogated as a witness. Liu argues that demanding a defense lawyer to provide witness testimony in a case involving the lawyer's client violates the Criminal Procedure Law and the Law on Lawyers concerning the protection of lawyer-client confidentiality. Liu urges the ACLA and relevant provincial and municipal lawyers' associations to take actions to defend Chang's rights. He also urges the Jiaozuo Municipal Procuratorate and the Henan Provincial Procuratorate to investigate and rectify what he alleges as the police's violation of Chang's rights as a defense lawyer.

See the Certificate of Summons.


2014年7月22日 01:49


2014 年7月17日,媒体报道访民张小玉夫妇刺死了焦作警方一个警察,张小玉夫妇被控制后,常玮平律师于7月20日赶到焦作市为其提供法律帮助。









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