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“Why is the judge afraid of audio recording?”

August 25, 2013

Gansu dissident Li Dawei (李大伟) was released last year after serving ten years in prison on the charge of subversion of state power. Li has been petitioning the government to overturn his conviction. In this piece, he describes he was recently granted a meeting with a judge in the Gansu Provincial High Court. He was hopeful that someone was willing to hear his petition, but only to be told by a criminal judge that even just on the basis of his collecting articles criticizing the Chinese government, it was enough “to convict you of subversion of state power.” Li was prohibited from recording the conversation.

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