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Copyright 1998 Agence France Presse
Agence France Presse
July 29, 1998
SECTION: International news
LENGTH: 194 words
HEADLINE: China charges man with Internet subversion: report
DATELINE: SHANGHAI, July 29
A Shanghai businessman faced subversion-linked charges for e-mailing
information to overseas dissidents, a Hong Kong-based human rights groups said
Software company manager
Lin Hai would be tried soon in the Shanghai Intermediate Court with providing
Cankao" magazine with 30,000 e-mail addresses, the Information Centre of Human Rights
and Democracy Movement in China said in a fax statement.
"Da Cankao" is an on-line magazine run by US-based dissidents.
Lin, 30, who runs Shanghai Zhengfang Software Co., was detained on March 25 and
formally arrested on April 30, the statement said.
While Chinese authorities have often harassed
dissidents who used the Internet to further their cause, the case is the first
known example of charges against an individual for political Internet use.
The rights group said Lin had hired a lawyer to defend him against the charges
"instigation to subversion of the state's power."
Centre founder Lu
Siqing told AFP that Lin had no previous known connections to China's
If found guilty, Lin faced a minimum 10-year sentence under Chinese law, Lu
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