China Aid Association
(Hangzhou, Zhejiang—Feb. 10, 2012) A Chinese court on Friday convicted longtime political dissident Zhu Yufu of “subversion of state power” and sentenced him to seven years in prison for posting online a poem and a musical score around the time of the Arab Jasmine Revolution that the court deemed to be “seditious.”
The Hangzhou Intermediate People’s Court had tried Zhu on Jan. 31, but ended the proceedings after just a few hours without announcing a sentence.
On Friday it said that Zhu was guilty of the crime of subversion and deserved a stiff penalty. It said his poem “It’s time” and a musical score “To the Enemy’s Rear” had “seditious content.” It also said that Zhu in his writings and his interviews with foreign reporters expressed views that “maliciously slandered and incited the overthrow of our national political organization, including the entire regime with all its various levels of authority, as well the socialist social system with state ownership as the core.” He had thus violated the latter half of Article 105 and other provisions of China’s penal code, the court ruled.
In addition to the seven year imprisonment, Zhu would be deprived of his political rights for three years, but he would get credit for time already served. Zhu has been held in detention since his arrest on March 5, 2011.
At his Jan. 31 trial, Zhu had said that he had not disseminated information encouraging people to gather illegally. He also pled for leniency from the court, noting his advanced age and saying that he was not interested in engaging in nor would he engage in similar activity again.
Images of the 11-page sentencing papers are below.
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