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BREAKING NEWS: Chen Guangcheng’s nephew charged with "intentional homicide," could face death sentence

Friday, May 11, 2012

China Aid Association
(Yinan, Shandong—May 11, 2012) ChinaAid has just learned that the nephew of blind, self-taught lawyer Chen Guangcheng has been formally arrested and charged with "intentional homicide," a crime that carries the death sentence.
The formal arrest of Chen’s nephew Chen Kegui took place on Wednesday May 9, and the formal arrest notification with the charge of “intentional homicide” was delivered to Chen Kegui’s mother, Ren Zongju on Thursday May 10.  They were executed by the Yinan County People’s Procuratorate and the Yinan Public Security Bureau.

(At left: notice of arrest, see translation below)

According to Chinese law, Chen Kegui could face the death sentence if convicted. Due to the circumstances of the case, it is unlikely that Chen Kegui will get a fair trial.

According to one of Chen Kegui’s lawyers, Liu Weiguo, who himself has been put under house arrest after taking up Chen Kegui’s case, the charge stems from a government raid on the home of Chen Guangcheng’s brother, Chen Guangfu, on the night of April 26, after local authorities discovered that Chen Guangcheng had escaped from 19 months of extrajudicial house arrest.

At about 11:30 on April 26, about two dozen Yinan county officials and hired thugs broke into Chen Guangfu’s home. None of the government officials showed any IDs. The raid lasted through the night and did not end until nearly dawn on April 27.

Chen Guangfu’s son, Chen Kegui, was awakened by the noise of his parents being beaten up.  He grabbed a knife and walked out of his room, and was immediately attacked and beaten up as well. In self-defense, he wounded three of his attackers, all of whom were government officials. He is now being held in the Yinan county detention center.
At least one lawyer who tried to approach Chen’s village on Thursday May 10 seeking to meet with Chen Kegui’s parents was kidnapped by local authorities.

“We are appalled by the immediate vengeance of the local authorities, who are acting in this way to retaliate against Chen Guancheng,” said ChinaAid founder and president Bob Fu.

In a Friday May 11 phone conversation with Fu, Chen Guangcheng said, “I appeal to the central government to take honest and credible concrete measures to stop these illegal and barbaric actions of the Shandong authorities against my family members, including my nephew Chen Kegui, my brother Chen Guangfu and my sister-in-law Ren Zongju. There is no doubt that the Shandong authorities are acting out of revenge because of my escape from my house.”
He called the charges “illegal and barbaric.”

Fu said, “Chen Kegui cannot get a fair trial. The local government will make him pay for their incompetence in letting Chen Guangcheng escape. This is a test of the rule of law and the government’s promise to investigate corrupt and brutal local officials.”

ChinaAid calls on the international community, and especially the U.S. government to speak up on behalf of Chen’s family members who are being persecuted solely for their relationship with Chen Guangcheng.

Arrest notification addressed to Chen Kegui’s wife, Liu Fang:

Shangdong Yinan County Public Security Bureau
Notice of Arrest (2012) No. 00230

To Liu Fang,

This bureau on May 9, 2012 at 9 a.m carried out the arrest of Chen Kegui for the alleged crime of intentional homicide, as ordered by the Yinan County People’s Procuratorate. He iscurrently detained at the Yinan County Detention Center.

Yinan County Public Security Bureau
May 9, 2012

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