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Yao WenrianPen name                 aka YAO Wentian

Sex                               Male

Birth date                1941-07-11

Birth place              Sichuan Province

Resident place         Hong Kong

Education                 University graduate

Profession                 Publisher and chief editor of Morning Bell Press, Hong Kong (Honorary member of ICPC and Danish PEN Center)

Date of arrest          2013-10-27 (detained), 2013-11-12 (arrested)

Organ of arrest       Public Security Bureau of Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province

Cause of arrest       Reportedly working with US-based author and dissident Yu Jie to publish his book entitled “Chinese Godfather Xi Jinping”

Charge                       Carrying illegal items (detention), smuggling ordinary goods (arrest,verdict)

Date of sentence     2014-03-31(hearing), 2014-04-11(hearing continuous), 2014-05-07 (verdict), 2014-07-18 (appeal verdict)

Organ of sentence   Intermediate People’s Court of Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, High People’s Court of Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province (appeal)

Sentence                  10 years imprisonment and 250,000 CNY fine

Defender                 Lawyer ZHANG Hui, Lawyer MO Shaoping and DING Xikui

Place of jail             Dowan Prison, 523299 Dongwan, Guangdong Province

Situation in jail        Suffering from severe heart disease, several times of unconsciousness during detention so as being sent to hospital for emergency treatments

Date of release        2023-02-26 (reduced by 8 months on 2019-04-30)

Family contact        YAO Yongzhan (son), USA, Tel:  +1-651-3679286

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Case adopted by        ICPC, Danish PEN

Current Status          Main case