Search

Editors

Harry Cassin Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn Editor Emeritus 

Cody Worthington Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn Contributing Editor

Bill Waite Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong Contributing Editor 

Eric Carlson Contributing Editor

Bill Steinman Contributing Editor

Aarti Maharaj Contributing Editor


FCPA Blog Daily News

« Third ex-BDO partner jailed for $1.5 billion tax-shelter fraud | Main | Vietnam banker jailed 30 years for billion-dollar fraud »
Thursday
Jun122014

New Citizens Movement leader faces 'secret trial' in Beijing

New Citizens Movement insignia, courtesy of WikipediaZhang Xiangzhong, an anti-corruption activist with the New Citizens Movement, went on trial Wednesday in Beijing on a charge of credit card fraud, his attorney Xie Yanyi told the press.

The trial followed New Citizens' small-scale protests across the country, calling for government officials to disclose their assets as a curb against graft. 

"He has been targeted because of his involvement in the protests over asset disclosure," Xie said, as reported by the news service, The Express Tribune.

Xie said police had surrounded the court in Beijing's northwestern Haidian district, denying access to those hoping to attend.

"It's effectively a secret trial, and in the view of the lawyers, it's totally illegal," he said.

A European diplomat told the news service that representatives from ten foreign countries had attempted to observe the trial but were denied access.

New Citizens Movement members argued that asset disclosure would help curb rampant corruption in China.

In April, Beijing's high court upheld a four-year jail sentence against Xu Zhiyong, a founder of the movement.

The verdict was condemned by international rights groups, as well as the United States and European Union.

________

Julie DiMauro is the executive editor of FCPA Blog and can be reached here.