This is what Xu Zhangrun has to deal with now… Chinese law professor hires legal team and human rights advocate to fight charge of soliciting prostitution

  • Lawyer for liberal scholar and essayist Xu Zhangrun says police have not handed over evidence or records
  • Letter from Tsinghua University says Xu was fired for soliciting prostitutes and publishing articles in violation of regulations

The SCMP reports…

Liberal scholar Xu Zhangrun has hired two lawyers to prepare legal action against police who accused him of soliciting prostitution, one of his lawyers said.

Xu was dismissed by Tsinghua University  in Beijing this month after he was  taken away by police
who alleged that the 57-year-old scholar had solicited prostitutes in the southwestern city of Chengdu last year.

Xu, who had taught at Tsinghua for 20 years, was sacked because of “moral corruption”, according to a dismissal letter issued by the university.

The law professor, who had just completed a two-week  quarantine period at home as part of  coronavirus
precautions, met lawyers Mo Shaoping and  Shang Baojun , and former human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang
on Tuesday.
Xu Zhangrun, law scholar and critic of the Communist Party, has hired a legal team to fight a charge of soliciting prostitution in Chengdu. Photo: sohu
Xu Zhangrun, law scholar and critic of the Communist Party, has hired a legal team to fight a charge of soliciting prostitution in Chengdu. Photo: sohu

Xu has engaged Shang and Mo to represent him, according to Shang, and they would prepare to file an “administrative reconsideration” application in an attempt to overturn an administrative ruling by Chengdu police for soliciting prostitution.

Shang said Xu denied the charges and any confession was made while he was being interrogated by police.

“Xu had asked the police to show him evidence, like mobile phone records, surveillance camera footage from a hotel or bank records but the police refused,” Shang told the South China Morning Post on Wednesday.

Read more at SCMP

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3095216/chinese-law-professor-hires-legal-team-and-human-rights

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