李新德 – 創立中國輿論監督網,以「非法經營罪」被判有期徒刑5年

2021年1月7日,江蘇省邳州市法院以「非法經營罪」判處長年以輿論監督官員腐敗的#李新德 有期徒刑5年,刑期至2024年10月9日,處罰人民幣30萬元。其子李超被判處有期徒刑1年,處罰人民幣5萬元。2019年10月25日,江蘇省邳州市公安局以李新德涉嫌「非法經營罪」指定居所監視居住,11月26日轉為刑事拘留,12月5日經邳州市檢察院批准逮捕。其子李超亦被指涉案,與李新德同被監視居住和批捕,2020年10月26日轉取保候審。

On 7 January 2021, a hearing took place in Pizhou City People’s Court of Jiangsu Province. #LiXinde, who exposed official corruption and scandals over the years, was sentenced to five years in prison for the crime of “illegal business operation" (till 9 October 2024) and a fine of RMB 300,000. His son Li Chao was sentenced to one year’s imprisonment and fined RMB 50,000. On 25 October 2019, the Public Security Bureau of Pizhou City, Jiangsu Province placed Li Xinde under “residential surveillance in a designated location” and a month later, he was criminally detained on 26 November 2019, on suspicion of “illegal business operation”. His formal arrest was approved by the Pizhou City Procuratorate on 5 December the same year. His son Li Chao was also accused of being involved in the case and also placed under “residential surveillance in a designated location” and arrested at the same time as Li Xinde. Li Chao was granted bail pending trial on 26 October 2020.

姓名:李新德 (Li Xinde)

出生日期:1960年1月5日
職業:知名博客,於2003年創立中國輿論監督網,李被稱為「中國輿論監督第一人」,該網站多次被封。

被拘捕日期:2019年10月25日
被拘捕地點:先被江蘇省邳州市公安局指定居所監視居住,同年11月26日轉為刑事拘留
被拘捕罪名:涉嫌「非法經營罪」

正式被捕日期:2019年12月5日經邳州市檢察院批准逮捕
被起訴日期:未知

法律代表:劉德禮律師

審訊日期:2021年1月7日
審判日期:2021年1月7日
判決結果:罪名成立
刑期: 李新德被判處5年徒刑,處罰金人民幣三十萬元,他不服判決打算上訴。其子李超也因涉案被處1年徒刑,處罰金人民幣五萬元,扣除被拘留的時間已刑滿出獄。
關押地點:邳州看守所

案件簡介:
李新德從1980年代從事業餘新聞報導工作,到1990年代末從事專業新聞報導工作。 2003年10月1日創辦中國輿論監督網,用民間力量反腐敗,李被稱為「中國輿論監督第一人」。創辦中國輿論監督網之後,李新德先後對20多位廳級以上高官進行輿論監督,曾因披露時任山東省濟寧市副市長李信及遼寧省阜新市長王亞忱的貪腐情節,轟動全中國,同時亦面臨官方打壓,網站多次被封。

2019年10月25日,江蘇省邳州市公安局以李新德涉嫌「非法經營罪」指定居所監視居住,一個月後的11月26日轉為刑事拘留,同年12月5日經邳州市檢察院批准逮捕。其子李超亦被指涉案,與李新德同時被監視居住和批捕,2020年10月26日轉取保候審。2021年1月7日,江蘇省邳州市法院以「非法經營罪」判處李新德有期徒刑5年,刑期至2024年10月9日,處罰人民幣三十萬元。其子李超被判處有期徒刑1年,處罰人民幣五萬元。

邳州市法院在判決書中稱李新德營運多個網絡平台,為謀取利益,在未核實真偽的情況下,撰寫或者安排其子李超撰寫含有虛假信息的帖文,轉發至其他網站及論壇,形成輿論壓力,向相關單位施壓,意圖為人擺平事端,並收取委託人費用。

李新德表示不服判決,準備上訴。據消息人士報導,李新德兒子李超「認罪認罰」是因為母親去年病危,當局要求李超「認罪認罰」以換取取保候審,否則不給他見母親最後一面。2020年10月26日李超取保候審,兩日後其母病逝。

參考更多資料:
李新德的微博:https://weibo.com/yuluncn?is_all=1

http://www.zg-zyffw.com/lushidianping/10573.html

資料更新:2021年1月30日

Name: Li Xinde (李新德)

Date of birth: 5 January, 1960
Occupation: A well-known blogger, Li founded the China Public Opinion Supervision Network (a website) in 2003 and he is recognized as the “forerunner of China’s public monitoring" in fighting corruption. His website has been blocked many times.

Date of detention: 25 October 2019
Location: He was placed under “residential surveillance in a designated location” and a month later, he was criminally detained on 26 November 2019.
Ground of detention: Illegal business operation

Date of formal arrest: Formal arrest approved by Pizhou City Procuratorate on 5 December 2019.
Date of Indictment: Unclear

Legal representation: Lawyer Liu Deli

Date of trial: 7 January 2021
Date of sentencing: 7 January 2021
Verdict: Convicted
Sentence: Li Xinde was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment with a fine of RMB 300,000. He disagreed with the verdict and planned to appeal. His son Li Chao was also sentenced to one year’s imprisonment for his involvement in the case, and was fined RMB 50,000. He was released after deducting the detention period.
Location of detention/imprisonment: Detention Centre of Pizhou City

Description:
Li Xinde was engaged in amateur journalism in the 1980s and became a professional reporter in the late 1990s. On 1 October 2003, he founded the China Public Opinion Supervision Network (a website), aiming to fight corruption from the civil society and he is known as “the forerunner of public monitoring in China." With his public monitoring website, Li Xinde conducted public opinion supervision over some 20 senior officials at or above the bureau-director level. The details of corruption of Li Xin (then deputy mayor of Jining City, Shandong Province) and Wang Yachen (mayor of Fuxin City, Liaoning Province) he had disclosed, caused a sensation throughout China. His investigative journalism and outspokenness also caused the website to be blocked many times.

On 25 October 2019, the Public Security Bureau of Pizhou City, Jiangsu Province placed Li Xinde under “residential surveillance in a designated location” and a month later, he was criminally detained on 26 November 2019, on suspicion of “illegal business operation”. His formal arrest was approved by the Pizhou City Procuratorate on 5 December the same year. His son Li Chao was also accused of being involved in the case and also placed under “residential surveillance in a designated location” and arrested at the same time as Li Xinde. Li Chao was granted bail pending trial on 26 October 2020. On 7 January 2021, a hearing took place in Pizhou City People’s Court of Jiangsu Province. It sentenced Li Xinde to five years in prison for the crime of “illegal business operation" (till 9 October 2024) and a fine of RMB 300,000. His son Li Chao was sentenced to one year’s imprisonment and fined RMB 50,000.

On the verdict, the judge states that Li Xinde operated various online platforms for profit, he wrote or arranged for his son Li Chao to write articles containing false information or without verifying the authenticity and share them to other websites and forums. The public opinion puts pressure on relevant parties and Li would collect fees from clients and settle the matter for them.

Li Xinde disagreed with the verdict and planned to appeal. According to an informant, Li Xinde’s son Li Chao, who “pleaded guilty and accepted the verdict" because his mother was critically ill in 2020. The authorities offered Li Chao to “plead guilty and accepted the verdict" in exchange for bail pending trial, otherwise he would not be allowed to see his mother on her deathbed. On 26 October 2020, Li Chao was granted bail pending trial and his mother passed away two days later.

For more information:
Li Xinde’s blog: https://weibo.com/yuluncn?is_all=1
https://rsf.org/en/news/china-anti-corruption-journalist-sentenced-five-years-prison-0

http://www.zg-zyffw.com/lushidianping/10573.html

Updated: 2 February 2021