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Xie Wenfei and Wang Mo Sentenced for “Inciting Subversion of State Power”: A Record of Events

April 8, 2016

On April 8, 2016, the Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court, in separate verdicts, convicted activists Xiewen Fei and Wang Mo of "inciting subversion of state power" and sentenced them each to four and a half years’ imprisonment, with three years’ deprivation of political rights. In court, both defendants argued that the conviction had no legal basis, and they shouted "abolish one-party dictatorship and establish a democratic China," "free speech," and other slogans when leaving the court.


谢文飞、王默涉嫌煽动颠覆国家政权罪一案开庭宣判纪实

欧彪峰

2016年4月8日上午九时,广州市中级人民法院在第十三审判庭对谢文飞、王默涉嫌“煽动颠覆国家政权罪”一案进行公开宣判。

九时许,谢文飞带着手铐进入法庭时高呼“废除一党专政、建立民主中国”口号,其要求解除手铐法警不准。在辩护律师的要求下,法庭让法警解除了手铐。

宣判开始,法庭宣读判决。法庭宣判:谢丰夏(谢文飞)犯煽动颠覆国家政权罪,判处有期徒刑四年六个月,剥夺政治权利三年。王默犯煽动颠覆国家政权罪,判处有期徒刑四年六个月,剥夺政治权利三年。

随后,法庭询问谢文飞是否上诉并说明理由。谢文飞在陈述上诉理由时,法庭强行打断,辩护律师认为法庭无理,要求准许继续陈述上诉理由后,谢文飞简要陈述了认定其犯煽动颠覆国家政权罪的证据不合法、不真实、无关联性,认为其2013年9月30日在广州车陂拉“废除一党专政、建立民主中国”内容横幅的行为已经被处罚过,再以煽动颠覆国家政权罪处理违反一事不再罚原则。2014年10月3日在广州二沙岛拉“自由无价、支持香港为自由而战”内容的横幅拍照并上互联网的行为是言论自由范畴,法庭判其煽动颠覆国家政权罪是对其政治迫害,还警醒相关方反思其所作所为。

随后,法庭询问王默对判决的意见,王默表示不服判决要上诉,认为现实存在政治谎言并当即指控,还当庭提交了书面上诉意见。

谢文飞离开法庭时高呼“废除一党专政、建立民主中国”、“言论自由”等口号,王默离开法庭时也高呼相同口号。

 

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