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Prominent Christian lawyer Jiang Tianyong, who took on sensitive cases such as defending practitioners of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement, disappeared last November while visiting the family of another detained human rights lawyer, Xie Yang. He was formally charged with subversion more than six months later. He is due to stand trial on subversion charges in central China on Tuesday, although his lawyer and wife have not been formally notified.

08/21/2017 China (China Aid) –Chinese public security agents used a Hong Kong-based newspaper to announce its plans to try a prominent Christian human rights lawyer in China’s southern Hunan province tomorrow for.

Falsely charged with “subversion of state power,” Jiang Tianyong, a Christian who has used his attorney’s license to defend victims of China’s human rights abuses, will stand trial on Aug. 22. Agents from China’s Ministry of Public Security published details of the trial through the Hong Kong news source MingPao, proving that the Communist Party is now using some of the press in the former British colony as its propaganda mouthpieces.

The family has not yet received a notice of the trial, nor has one appeared on any of the state-controlled news sources inside China, including the court’s website.

On Friday, Jiang’s parents and sister went missing after authorities seized them and confiscated their cell phones, reportedly under the orders of the State Council. Currently, their whereabouts remain unknown.

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