Liu Jiacai, a Hubei activist, was criminally detained on August 12, 2013 by the Yichang Municipal Public Security Bureau on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power.” The charge was subsequently changed twice, ending with “picking quarrels and provoking troubles.” In addition, the district- and municipal-level procuratorates have bounced the case back and forth between them. To this date, it is still unclear which office is in charge. After repeated communications with the authorities, and in light of Liu’s poor health and special family situation, Lawyer Xie Yanyi recommends that the authorities first change their coercive measures and then drop the case.
In 2001, Liu, then a laid-off worker, was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment on conviction of “inciting subversion of state power,” after he actively fought to recover back wages for thousands of laid-off workers. Upon his release from the prison, he continued to engage in rights defense work.