China - Held on trumped-up charges, Nanjing-based journalist finally gets to see lawyer



    MONTREAL, Dec. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Journalist Sun Lin denied charges of
"illegal possession of firearms" and "disturbing the peace" when he finally
received a visit from lawyer Mo Shaoping on 14 December in prison in the
eastern city of Nanjing. Mo was refused a visit in September. The police have
sent the findings of their investigation to prosecutors along with a request
that Sun be brought to trial.
    Also known by the pen-name Jie Mu, he told Mo that, during questioning,
the police asked him about his journalistic activities and told him he had
been arrested for refusing to stop writing articles for Boxun
(http://news.boxun.com/), a Chinese-language news website based abroad.
    He said the firearms charge was based on false statements by persons who
claim he gave them air pistols of the kind used for sport. He does not even
know one of these persons. He added that the charge of disturbing the peace
was based on an incident in 2004 when he was helping evicted people and did
nothing illegal.
    Sun's wife, He Fang, has meanwhile been detained on a charge of "illegal
possession of explosives."
    Reporters Without Borders calls for the release of both Sun and He on the
grounds that the charges against them have clearly been trumped up.
    Arrested in Nanjing on 30 May, Sun was the founder of the now-banned
newspaper Da Du Shi as well as being a Boxun correspondent. He told Reporters
Without Borders before his arrest that he had written articles about abuse of
authority but had never done anything illegal.




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