256. Zhang Guiqi

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Name                      Zhang Guiqi

Penname               Lu Yang

Sex                              Male

Birth date                1971-01-04

Birth place             Xin County, Shandong Province

Resident place      Liaocheng,  Shangdong Province

Education               Graduate from the Technician College of Shandong Province

Profession             Poet, founder of Chinese Poets Great Forum, former teacher at the Liaocheng School of Foreign Languages

Date of arrest          2020-05-01 (taken away by the police), 2020-05-13 (criminal detention), 2020-06-19 (arrest)

Organ of arrest       Public Security Bureau of Liaocheng City, Shandong Province

Cause of arrest       online dissident posts, particularly related to a video of him at home displaying two slogans, demanding “Xi Jinping to step down” and that “CCP’s regime of dictatorship must end”, which had been uploaded at a Wechat group an hour or so before his being taken away by the police.

Charge                      Inciting subversion of the state power

Date of sentence     2020-09-09 (secret hearing),2022-07-26 (verdict)

Organ of sentence  Intermediate People’s Court of Liaocheng City, Shandong Province

Sentence                  Six-year impeisonment and three-year deprivation of political rights

Defender                  Himself and his lawyers appointed by the goverment (one authorized by his family has been rejected by the police)

Place of jail               Detention Center of Liaocheng City (detention), (since arrest) Detention Center of Chiping District,  Liaocheng City, Shandong Province

Situation in jail       Unknown

Date of release       2026-05-12 (?)

Family contact        ZHANG Yinghua (wife)

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Case adopted by     ICPC

Current Status        Main case