(更新 9/2/2021)曾聲援清華大學許章潤教授的出版企業家 #耿瀟男 今天（2月9日）於北京海澱區法院被判「非法經營罪」罪名成立判刑三年。她的前夫秦真被判刑兩年半、緩刑三年。耿瀟男也曾為要求習近平下台而遭拘捕的法學學者許志永、律師丁家喜、成都牧師王怡等人呼籲，以及多年來幫助鮑彤、姚監復等著名異見人士。
Publisher #GengXiaonan who supported Tsinghua University professor Xu Zhangrun has been sentenced to 3 years in prison for “illegal business operation". Her former husband Qin Zhen was sentenced to 2.5 years, suspended for three years. #GengXiaonan had called for the release of legal scholar Xu Zhiyong, lawyer Ding Jiaxi and Chengdu Christian pastor Wang Yi. Over the years, she also supported prominent dissident like Bao Pu and Yao Jianfu.
姓名： 耿瀟男（Geng Xiaonan）
Name: Geng Xiaonan (耿瀟男)
Date of birth: 16 April 1974
Occupation: Publisher, independent TV producer, entrepreneur, current director of Legend Tianhui Film and Television Culture (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
Date of detention: 9 September 2020
Location: Police detained her and her former husband Qin Zhen in Beijing.
Ground of detention: Beijing police put her in criminal detention on suspicion of “illegal business operation" for “printing and selling illegal publications"
Date of formal arrest: Formal arrest approved by Beijing’s Haidian District Procuratorate on suspicion of “illegal business operation” on 15 October 2020. The case has been passed on to Haidian District Procuratorate for further investigation and indictment on 14 December 2020.
Date of Indictment: On 29 January 2021 her lawyer received the indictment)
Legal representation: Lawyer Shang Baojun (on 13 January 2021, Lawyer Shang was informed that Geng had dismissed him), Lawyer Qu Zhenhong
Date of trial: On 9 February 2021 the trial will take place in Beijing Municipality Haidian District People’s Court
Date of sentencing:
Location of detention/imprisonment: Beijing’s Haidian District Detention Centre
The Haidian Branch of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau first alleged Geng’s company with being involved in illegal publications of 8,000 books in the past ten years, with an amount involved of 160,000 Yuan (approximately equal to USD 24,300). However, the public security increased the original 8,000 volumes to 200,000 volumes shortly afterwards, and the amount involved in the case also increased to several million yuan. The so-called illegal publications involved cooking, nutrition and health issues.
It is believed the charge is simply a cover-up. What led to her detention is her active participation in social and civil society activities in recent years. On 6 July 2020, Xu Zhangrun, a professor at Tsinghua University who was outspoken in pointing out current issues and criticizing authorities, was taken away by the police. Geng Xiaonan was the first to publish related news on overseas social platforms, advocating for the release of Xu Zhangrun and posted an article to show support for Xu after Tsinghua University fired him. When the Chinese citizen reporter Chen Qiushi went missing while reporting the COVID-19 pandemic in Wuhan in February 2020, Geng Xiaonan sought help for him. She also appealed on behalf of the legal scholar Xu Zhiyong (who wrote an open statement, asking Xi Jinping to step down), lawyer Ding Jiaxi, and Chengdu pastor Wang Yi. Cai Xia, a former professor at the Central Party School who was expelled from the CCP for criticizing the CCP, revealed on Twitter that Geng Xiaonan had also helped dissidents including Bao Tong and Yao Jianfu over the years. Geng also said in late July that she was followed by plainclothes police when she went out.
On 30 September 2020, Lawyer Shang Baojun visited Geng Xiaonan in the detention centre for the first time. He pointed out that she was obviously more haggard than before. In the first days of her detention, Geng faced intensive interrogation daily. Although she was not physically abused, she had to live with 20 people in a room and it felt like torture to her. On 1 December, when Lawyer Shang visited Geng again, he learned that the authority handling the case had intensively interrogated Geng Xiaonan the previous month, forced her to confess with personal insults. She was even transferred to another cell, where the “new inmates" bullied her. In general, the conditions in the detention centre deteriorated.
On 7 December, the Independent Chinese PEN Center announced that this year’s “Lin Zhao Memorial Award" was awarded to Geng Xiaonan, in recognition of her courage in speaking out for justice without regarding for her own safety, and called on the Chinese authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Geng Xiaonan. Lin Zhao Memorial Award is to commemorate a Mao-era dissident who was executed after continuing to write in prison using her own blood as ink.
On 13 January 2021, when Lawyer Shang went to visit Geng in the detention centre, the authorities told him that Geng had dismissed him. According to other news sources, the authorities told Geng that she must dismiss Lawyer Shang in order to exchange for the most lenient punishment. Lawyer Shang Baojun is a well-known human rights lawyer who represented Liu Xiaobo, Gao Yu and many others. The trial will take place in Beijing Municipality Haidian District People’s Court on 9 February 2021, right before the Chinese new year. It is believed that the authorities chose the date carefully, hoping that it would attract less public attention and reduce the number of people who come to the court to show support.
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Updated on: 3 February 2021