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Copyright 1998 British Broadcasting Corporation
BBC Summary of World Broadcasts
November 13, 1998, Friday
SECTION: Part 3 Asia-Pacific; CHINA; ENVIRONMENT; FE/D3383/G
LENGTH: 329 words
HEADLINE: Court to try first Internet case behind closed doors
SOURCE: Source: 'Ping Kuo Jih Pao', Hong Kong', in Chinese 12 Nov 98 pA24
Text of report by staff reporter entitled:
"Case of network trader on subversion charges to be tried behind closed doors in
Shanghai" , published by Hong Kong newspaper 'Ping Kuo Jih Pao' on 12th November;
subheading as published:
Internet political case will be tried behind closed doors on 26th November by
the Shanghai Municipal First Intermediate People's Court.
Lin Hai, Shanghai network trader, who provided 30,000 e-mail addresses from various
parts of China for the US 'Great
Reference' [Chinese: 1129 0639 5072 da can kao], has been charged with
"inciting subversion against state power" .
His wife, Xu Hong, yesterday released an open letter calling for an open trial
of the case.
Lin Hai, 30, owner of Shanghai Zhengfang Software Company, was arrested on 25th
March this year. In June, the police demanded that he be charged with
"inciting subversion against
state power" , which was once rejected by the procuratorate on the grounds of insufficient
evidence. Xu Hong yesterday received an indictment from the Shanghai
Stirring up trouble by providing e-mail addresses to foreign publication
The indictment states that from September 1997, Lin Hai, alias
"Black Eyes" , collected tens of thousands of e-mail addresses from Beijing, Shanghai,
Guangdong, and other areas through various channels and provided them in
batches for the foreign hostile publication 'Great Reference'to send a large
number of articles via the Internet to incite subversion against
state power and conduct activities undermining national security. Thus, Lin
Hai's act constituted
"an offence of inciting subversion" .
Since Lin Hai's case will be tried behind closed doors by the Shanghai
Municipal First Intermediate Court, Xu Hong authorized the Hong Kong-based
"Information Centre of Human Rights and Pro-Democracy Movement in China" to release an open letter protesting Lin Hai's secret trial and demanding an
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