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Dawu Legal Team, July 21, 2021 The Dawu trial has been in session for seven days. After working overtime on weekends and with three consecutive days of 12-hour or longer sessions, the court has now completed its investigation of the crime of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” the crime of “obstructing officers in the discharge of duties,” and the crime of “gathering a crowd to assault state organs.” The three charges are all related to the “August 4 [2020] incident.” The “August 4 incident” specifically refers to a series of collective rights’ protection actions by Dawu Group employees on August 4, 2020, when the Xushui District Public Security Bureau (徐水区公安局) intervened with excessive force in the land dispute between Dawu Group and a state-owned farm. […]
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  • Briefing on the Sixth Day of Dawu Trial

    Briefing on the Sixth Day of Dawu Trial

    Dawu Legal Team, July 20, 2021 The court session ended late [three days in a row]: at 23:30 the day before yesterday; at 22:30 yesterday; and at 22:40 today. During today’s session, the prosecutors finished presenting their evidence relating to the September 14 [2015] incident and the June 21 [2020] incident, and the defense lawyers completed their cross examination of …
  • Briefing on the Fifth Day of Dawu Trial

    Briefing on the Fifth Day of Dawu Trial

    Dawu Legal Team, July 19, 2021 As the trial continues and the arguments get into the nitty-gritty details of various incidents, the daily briefings, written in what short time the defense lawyers have after long hours of court sessions, may not always be immediately clear in terms of who is who and what is what. We are doing our best …
  • Briefing on the Fourth Day of Dawu Trial — ‘I Want to Dig a Window’

    Briefing on the Fourth Day of Dawu Trial — ‘I Want to Dig a Window’

    Dawu Legal Team, July 18, 2021 On the fourth day of the trial, the sky in Gaobeidian City was gloomy with light rain, as if it were grieving! The trial started at 9 o’clock in the morning. The Gaobeidian Municipal Court continued yesterday’s trial proceedings of evidence production and cross-examination of the alleged crime of “gathering a crowd to assault …
  • Briefing on the Third Day of Dawu Trial

    Briefing on the Third Day of Dawu Trial

    Dawu Legal Team, July 17, 2021 At 9 a.m., on July 17, 2021, the Dawu trial continued. In the morning, the defense lawyers continued to question the defendants who are suspected of “gathering a crowd to assault state organs”. The defense counsel once again filed an application to exclude illegal evidence based on new clues he learned about illegal evidence …
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