Name: Zhu Yubiao (朱宇飙)
Gender: Male
Age: Unknown
Address: Haizhu District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province
Occupation: Attorney of Guangda Law Firm, Attorney of Hengyi Law Firm
Date of Most Recent Arrest: August 18, 2010
Most Recent Place of Detention: Haizhu District Detention Center (海珠区看守所)
City: Guangzhou
Province: Guangdong
Persecution Suffered: Illegal sentencing, imprisonment, detention

( On May 5, 2011, Haizhu District Court of Guangzhou City put attorney Mr. Zhu Yubiao on trial. All of the gallery seats were occupied by personnel from the Haizhu District 610 Office. During the trial, which was controlled by the 610 Office, it was learned that Mr. Zhu's family had hired two lawyers for him, but one was illegally detained, and the other one was harassed by the authorities and quit out of concern for his personal safety.

Local officials carefully planned the trial. The Zhongda Street Neighborhood Committee and 610 Office invited Mr. Zhu's mother to stop and have tea with them on the trial day, telling her that they would drive her to the court. Instead they delayed her, and in the end, she was not able to attend the trial.

The 610 Office submitted the case documents charging Mr. Zhu to the Haizhu District People's Procuratorate twice. Both cases, however, were dismissed because of insufficient evidence. However, on orders from the 610 Office, the Haizhu District Court had to put Mr. Zhu on trial. Because the authorities found staplers, printers, and other commonly used items at his home, Mr. Zhu was prosecuted for “preparing to commit a crime.”

The Evidence Was Collected Illegally

On the morning of August 18, 2010, Mr. Zhu was arrested at home by officers from the Haizhu District Police Department. Over ten of them ransacked his home without a witness being present. The list of items confiscated was not signed by Mr. Zhu, but by a “Li Hongbin,” who is not authorized to sign such a legal document on his behalf.

Mr. Zhu lived with his parents after getting married. According to the law, nobody can ransack his parents’ house without a search warrant. Breaking into a home and ransacking personal belongings are serious criminal acts.

The prosecution claimed that Mr. Zhu was “preparing to commit a crime” because the authorities found a computer, a portable hard drive, an MP3 player, staplers, and printers at his home. However, all of these items are commonly used in modern households. If just having such tools is considered criminal, what about families that have kitchen knives? Can they all be arrested for preparing to commit murder?

Zou Shifa, presiding judge, 86-20-83005555, 86-20-83005556