A outstanding Chinese language authorized scholar who was detained after which fired after criticising President Xi Jinping hopes to clear his title by overturning a prostitution cost introduced in opposition to him by police, his lawyer mentioned on Wednesday.
Xu Zhangrun, a former constitutional legislation professor on the prestigious Tsinghua College, was detained by police in Beijing in early July for practically every week after being accused of soliciting prostitution whereas within the southwestern metropolis of Chengdu final December.
Xu engaged rights attorneys Mo Shaoping and his companion Shang Baojun on Tuesday night time in an effort to overturn the cost, Mo instructed Reuters.
“Professor Xu engaged us as a result of he rejects the trumped up prostitution fees meant to smear his title,” mentioned Mo.
In accordance with Mo, as proof of his offence, police from Chengdu’s Qingyang district introduced a lady who mentioned she had intercourse with Xu. Xu contends that he had by no means seen her earlier than, Mo mentioned.
Xu and his attorneys are nonetheless deciding the precise plan of action to take, Mo mentioned. His choices are to lodge an attraction to the Chengdu city-level police or sue the district police, Mo mentioned.
Neither Xu nor the Chengdu district police may very well be instantly reached for remark.
Whereas Xu was being detained, Beijing’s Tsinghua College fired him for violating its moral code. It cited the prostitution case in addition to varied articles Xu had revealed since July 2018, in a discover seen by Reuters.
Xu, 57, got here to prominence in July 2018 for denouncing the elimination of the two-term restrict for China’s chief.
On the peak of China’s coronavirus outbreak in February, Xu wrote an article calling for freedom of speech. In Could, he wrote an article accusing Xi of making an attempt to deliver the Cultural Revolution again to China.
Underneath Xi, China has clamped down on dissent and tightened censorship.
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