231. XU Lin (released)

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Sex                              Male

Birth date                1964-04-09

Birth place              Hunan Province

Resident place         Nansha District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province

Education               Graduated from Zhuzhou Institute of Technology, 1985

Profession               Architect, freelance writer and singer-songwriter (ICPC member)

Date of arrest          2017-09-26 (detained),  2017-11-02 (arrested)

Organ of arrest       Nansha District Branch of Public Security Bureau of Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province

Cause of arrest         Internet writing and publishing dissident articles, poems and songs about social injustices, such as forced eviction, the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, and, most recently, the death of Liu Xiaobo, etc.

Charge                         Picking quarrels and provoking trouble.

Date of sentence     2018-07-27 (hearing),2018-12-07 (verdict), 2019-05-14 (appeal)

Organ of sentence   People’s Court of Nansha District, Intermediate People’s Court of Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province (appeal)

Sentence                      Three years imprisonment

Defender                    Lawyers LIN Qilei and LIU Hao

Place of jail               Detention Center of Nansha District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province

Situation in jail        Hospitalised for breast hyperplasia but application for medical parole rejected

Date of release        2020-09-25 (?)

Family contact        WANG Zilan (wife)

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Case adopted by     ICPC

Current Status        Main case