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Further information on UA 28/92 (ASA 17/11/92, 24 January and follow-up ASA 17/39/92, 7 July) - People's Republic of China: legal / medical concern: Bao Tong, Gao Shan, Wu Jiaxiang

, N° d'index: ASA 17/041/1992

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: ASA 17/41/92
Distr: UA/SC
22 July 1992
Further information on UA 28/92 (ASA 17/11/92, 24 January 1992) - and follow-up
ASA 17/39/92, 7 July 1992 - Legal/medical concern
GAO Shan
WU Jiaxiang
Bao Tong, the most senior official arrested in connection with the 1989
pro-democracy demonstrations, was sentenced on 21 July 1992 to seven years'
Bao Tong's trial was held behind closed doors at the Beijing People's
Intermediate Court on 21 July 1992. The trial lasted four or five hours. Bao
Tong was represented by two lawyers who had reportedly met their client only
twice in the past several weeks. His family was refused entry to the closed
trial but they were reportedly allowed to hear the ten minute sentencing from
a panel of three judges. Bao's wife, Jiang Zongcao, told reporters that her
husband had the right to appeal and that he might appeal. No official information
has so far been made public about the proceedings at the trial or the evidence
on which the charges against Bao Tong are based.
Bao Tong was charged with "counter-revolutionary propaganda and incitement"
and "leaking state secrets". The combined sentence for these two charges
amounted to nine years' imprisonment. However a court official announced
that the judges had exercised a discretionary right and ruled that Bao Tong
would have to serve a prison sentence of seven years instead of nine. The court
official also said that the three years spent in detention before his trial
would be counted towards his seven-year sentence.
Bao Tong had been detained without trial for over three years and his health
has reportedly deteriorated during his period of detention.
Amnesty International has received no further news about Gao Shan and Wu
Jiaxiang, both senior intellectuals, who have also been detained without charge
for three years, and who have had the same charges brought against them as
Bao Tong.
Amnesty International believes that all three men are prisoners of conscience.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/airmail letters
- expressing concern that Bao Tong has been sentenced to seven years'
imprisonment following a closed trial;
- urging the authorities to make public full details of the trial proceedings
and the evidence on which the charges are based;
- expressing concern that trials in China fail to meet international standards
for fair trial;
- reiterating Amnesty International's concern that Bao Tong, Gao Shan and
Wu Jiaxiang are prisoners of conscience and should therefore be immediately
and unconditionally released.
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1) Prime Minister Li Peng:
Li Peng Zongli
9 Xihuangchenggenbeijie
Beijingshi 100032
People's Republic of China
Telegrams: Prime Minister Li Peng, Beijing, China
Telexes: 210070 FMPRC CN or 22478 MFERT CN
Salutation: Your Excellency
2) President Yang Shangkun:
Yang Shangkun Guojia Zhuxi
People's Republic of China
Telegrams: President Yang Shangkun, Beijing, China
Salutation: Your Excellency
3) Chairman Wan Li, National People's Congress:
Wan Li Weiyuanzhang
Quanguo Renmin Daibiao Dahui
Great Hall of the People
People's Republic of China
Telegrams: Chairman of National People's Congress, Beijing, China
Salutation: Dear Chairman
4) President Ren Jianxin, Supreme People's Court:
Ren Jianxin Yuanzhang
Zuigao Renmin Fayuan
Dongjiao Min Xiang
People's Republic of China
Telegrams: President Supreme People's Court, Beijing, China
Salutation: Dear President
Chief Editor, People's Daily
Shao Huaze Zong Bianji
Renmin Ribao
Jintaixilu 2
Beijingshi 100733
People's Republic of China
and to diplomatic representatives of China accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 2 September 1992.

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