China Announces Trial Date
at Last Moment
2nd Hearing for Newsman, 3 Aid Workers on May 22nd
Sudden Upsurge of World Interest in Unpublicized Trial
Earlier this month, we emailed journalists a copy of the formal
letter we addressed to the Minister of Justice in China
urging a fair trial for the photojournalist and three
humanitarian aid workers being detained.
Following that mailing, there has been an
upsurge of interest in the next session of the open trial.
On the afternoon of May 20, we learned that the second session will
be held on May 22 in Yantai China People's Court, the same
court as before. However, we do not currently know the time
the trial is to begin. Neither the defendants' lawyers nor
the Korean Vice-Consul has been informed of the time, or
even whether the trial will be morning or afternoon.
Considering the extremely short notice for the trial date,
and with the time still undisclosed, we must assume that the
Chinese authorities are hoping to avoid the presence of
journalists or other interested parties at the court. A
verdict, however, is likely to be handed down at this second
On a side note, Mr. Choi's wife still has not been permitted
to speak with his lawyer, nor to pass along his medications
for hypertension, diabetes and asthma.
We solicit your interest and support in securing a fair
trial for these defendants from the January Boat People
incident. Your appearance at court would be greatly
appreciated. This is an open court, and anyone who wishes
to sit in at the court should be able to enter the court
room and witness the entire proceedings.
For your reference, the four defendants' names are:
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