80. ZHOU YUANZHI

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80.   ZHOU Yuanzhi

Pen name                ZENG Renquan, HUA Liangxing, CHU Yichu, CHUTIAN Yixiao

Sex                          Male

Birth date                1961-02-22

Birth place              Zhongxiang County, Hubei Province

Resident place         Zhongxiang City, Hubei Province

Education               B.Sc. in Financial Accounting at Zhongnan University of Economics, Wuhan, Hubei Province in 1988

Profession              Freelance writer, formerly taxation official at the Taxation Bureau of Zhongxiang City  (ICPC member)

Date of arrest          2008-05-03 (surveillance of residence, 1st); 2017-11-10 (administrative detention, 2nd), 2017-11-24 (criminal detention), 2017-12-29 (arrest)

Organ of arrest       National Security Bureau of Zhongxiang City (1st), and Dongbao Branch of Public Security Bureau of Jingmen City (2nd), Hubei Province

Cause of arrest      Writing and publishing articles and reports on various social issues and official corruptions

Charge                   suspicion of inciting subversion of state power (1st); organising illegal gathering, online picking quarrels and provoking trouble, defamation (2nd)

Date of sentence     2019-02-21 (hearing), 2019-06-28 (verdict)

Organ of sentence   People’s Court of Duodao District, Jingmen City, Hubei Province

Sentence                  Four years and six months imprisonment

Defender                 Lawyers LEI Gang (replaced), WANG Le (replaced), LIU Zhengqing (disbarred) and LONG Lin

Place of jail             Unknown hostel (1st), Detention Center of Jingmen City, Hubei Province

Situation in jail        OK

Date of release        2008-05-15 (1st), 2022-05-23 (2nd)

Family contact        ZHANG Zhongfeng (wife),  Tel: +86-724-4268125

Donation to

Case adopted by     ICPC

Current Status         Main case

To appeal

References
https://cpj.org/tags/zhou-yuanzhi
https://pen.org/rapid-action/dissident-writer-zhou-yuanzhi-released/
https://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/zhou-yuanzhi/
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/May2008/07/c5852.html
http://www.cicus.org/info_eng/artshow.asp?id=9890&ad=5/6/2008%2012:01:00%20AM
http://www.chinesepen.org/blog/archives/95957(Chinese)
http://www.chinesepen.org/blog/archives/95362(Chinese)