Name: Hou Junjie (侯钧杰)
Gender: Male
Age: Unknown
Address: Luojia New Village, Xujing Town, Shanghai
Occupation: Engineer
Date of Most Recent Arrest: April 25, 2012
Most Recent Place of Detention: Qingpu District Detention Center (青浦看守所 )
City: Shanghai
Persecution Suffered: Home ransacked, detention, illegal trial

( Qingpu Court officials tried computer engineer Mr. Hou Junjie on August 20, 2012. Mr. Hou's younger brother Mr. Hou Mengqiang was arrested for hiring a lawyer for his brother. Shanghai police made the arrest on August 23 in Zhengzhou City. The court officials intended to hold a second court session, and told Mr. Hou Junjie's lawyer not to defend Mr. Hou in court.

Mr. Hou Junjie had been working in Shanghai until he was arrested by officers from the Xujing Police Station in Qingpu District on April 25, 2012. The Shanghai judicial system intended to sentence him to imprisonment. Mr. Hou's younger brother Mr. Hou Mengqiang in Zhengzhou hired a lawyer to enter a not-guilty plea for his older brother.

Mr. Hou Mengqiang has been harassed twice by officers from the Zhengzhou Domestic Security Division since he hired the lawyer. The first time was around June 28, when he was summoned and interrogated. At that time his computer was confiscated. The second harassment took place on August 22. Officers from the Zhengzhou Domestic Security Division went to his company to look for him, but could not find him.

When Mr. Hou Mengqiang was walking on the street with his colleague around 11:00 p.m. on August 23, four plainclothes police officers who claimed they came from Shanghai arrested him.

Shortly after, Mr. Hou Junjie's lawyer Xiong Daiying received a notice from the Qingpu Court, saying that a second court session against Mr. Hou would begin at 9:15 a.m. on August 31. However, the court officials told the lawyer not to appear in court, but that to write a statement of legal opinion and mail it to Shanghai would be sufficient. According to an upright lawyer in Beijing who analyzed this notice, the Qingpu Court intentionally excluded the lawyer, which means that a verdict will be directly pronounced during the court session.

Mr. Hou Mengqiang has been transferred to Shanghai. His employer will go to Shanghai on August 27 to handle the matter.

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