217. ZHANG HAITAO

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Zhang Haitao

Penname                Niu Xing Jiang Hu

Sex                              Male

Birth date              1971-03-10

Birth place             Fangcheng County, Henan Province

Resident place       Urumqi, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Education                Middle school

Profession                 Former worker at state-owned enterprises, telecommunications salesman, volunteer at a rights movement website, reporter at Boxun.com (ICPC honorary memmber)

Date of arrest          2015-06-26 (detained), 2015-07-31 (arrested)

Organ of arrest      Public Security Bureau of Urumqi City, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Cause of arrest         Exposing and criticizing the Chinese authorities through Twitter, Wechat, internet posts and interviews with foreign media,  collecting and providing information for Boxun and other overseas websites, etc.

Charge                          Inciting subversion of the state power (prosecution, verdict), and providing intelligence for overseas agencies (verdict); suspicion of inciting ethnic hatred and ethnic discrimination (detention), of creating troubles (arrest)

Date of sentence     2016-01-15, 2016-11-23 (appeal)

Organ of sentence  Intermediate People’s Court of Urumqi City, High People’s Court of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (appeal)

Sentence                     19 years imprisonment (15 years for inciting subversion of the state power and 5 years for provideing intelligence for overseas agencies), 5 yesrs deprivation of political rights, and 120,000 CNY of personal property confiscation

Defender                      Lawyers Li Dunyong, LIU Zhengqing and CHEN Jinxue (appeal)

Place of jail              Shaya Prison, Shaya 842208, Uyghur Autonomous Region, China;(before 2016-12-02) Detention Center of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (Kashi East Road 17-1, Xinshi District, Urumqi)

Situation in jail        turtured many times

Date of release         2034-06-25

Family contact       Li Aijie (wife), +86-13999861817

Donation to              ZHANG Qingzhen (sister), China Construction Bank, Account No. 6210814540000965921

Case adopted by        ICPC

Status                         Main Case

Reference
http://time.com/4189878/china-xinjiang-jail-zhang-haitao-uighur/
http://en.boxun.com/2016/01/25/zhang-haitao-sentenced-to-19-years-in-prison-labels-the-contributor-a-boxun-correspondent/
http://uhrp.org/news/wife-jailed-xinjiang-activist-left-baby-no-income
http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2016/01/activist-in-xinjiang-handed-19-years-in-jail/
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/jails-01212016105817.html
http://chinachange.org/2016/01/21/activist-in-xinjiang-sentenced-to-19-years-for-online-writings-and-rights-activities/