維權人士 #謝文飛 家屬因受政府壓力第三次被迫解除律師委託，據任全牛律師的訊息，謝文飛的案件近日已被移送到郴州市蘇仙區法院被正式起訴，看守所拒絕律師會見謝的申請。而謝的母親因被當局脅迫會帶走謝的父親的壓力下，解除任全牛律師的委託。
Activist #XieWenfei’s family has been under pressure to dismiss a third lawyer to represent him. According to Lawyer Ren Quanniu, Xie’s case has been recently transferred to to the court for indictment. The authorities refused to allow the lawyer to meet Xie. #XieWenfei’s mother dismissed lawyer Ren Quanniu’s legal representation for Xie due to pressure from the authorities who threatened that they would take away Xie’s father if she didn’t dismiss Ren as Xie’s lawyer.
Name: Xie Fengxia, aka Xie Wenfei (謝豐夏，又名：謝文飛)
Date of birth: 7 April 1977
Occupation: Worker, activist
Date of detention: 29 April 2020
Location: Forcibly detained by police of Chenzhou City, Hunan Province
Ground of detention: Picking quarrels and provoking trouble
Date of formal arrest: 30 April 2020
Date of Indictment: 7 August 2020
Legal representation: Xie could not meet the two lawyers hired by his older brother. Under pressure Xie’s brother has dismissed the two lawyers.
Date of trial:
Location of detention/imprisonment: Zixing City Detention Centre, Chenzhou, Hunan Province
Description: Xie Wenfei has been active and known as one of the Southern Street Movement Activists and showed support to Hong Kong protestors during the Umbrella Movement in 2014. He was accused of “inciting subversion of state power” and sentenced to 4.5 years of imprisonment in April 2016. His “crimes” included being involved in pro-democracy Internet campaigns beginning in 2012, and using different online personas to post information about freedoms, human rights, June Fourth, and detained human rights defenders. Xie Wenfei was beaten up and subjected to torture during his detention between 2014 and 2016. In recent months, he has been calling for transparency and release of whistleblowers under the COVID-19 Pandemic.
On 27 August 2020, Ren Quanniu, the third lawyer hired by his family, learned from the Suxian District Procuratorate, that Xie’s case has been transferred to the court for indictment. He also learned that Xie’s mother has dismissed his legal representation for Xie. The lawyer confirmed with Xie’s family that on the next day after the Zixing City Detention Centre rejected Ren Quanniu’s application to visit Xie, the authorities pressured Xie’s mother to dismiss the lawyer, otherwise they would take away Xie’s father. It is the third time Xie’s family has been pressured by the authorities to dismiss a lawyer to represent Xie.
Shortly before his detention in April 2020, he shared a video as his public pledge against committing suicide to prevent “forced” suicide.
For more information: https://www.nchrd.org/2016/08/xie-fengxia/
Updated on: 27 August 2020