Statement by German Ambassador Michael Clauss on the sentencing of Jiang Tianyong
We regret the sentencing of Chinese human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong to two years in prison by the Intermediate People’s Court in Changsha on charges of inciting subversion of state power.
The serious concerns regarding the lawfulness of the legal proceedings against Jiang Tianyong have been explicitly expressed not only by this Embassy on several occasions before. They include the denial of access to lawyers of his own choosing and the fact that he was obviously prejudged through a “confession” aired by Chinese TV before his trial had even begun. The circumstances and the lack of regard for the rights of the defendant certainly call into question the fairness of the verdict.
Ever since his arrest in November 2016, the German government has raised Jiang Tianyong’s case in high-level encounters with our Chinese partners. Germany will continue to take an active interest in his fate.