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Copyright 1998 Deutsche Presse-Agentur
November 11, 1998, Wednesday,
13:00 Central European Time
SECTION: International News
LENGTH: 219 words
HEADLINE: China prepares closed trial of Internet user
China is preparing the secret trial of a Shanghai software firm manager
accused of endangering state security when he turned over tens of thousands of
e-mail addresses to an American pro- democracy Internet guide, a Hong
Kong-based human rights group said on
The accused computer engineer,
Lin Hai, 30, is scheduled for trial on November 26 in courtroom number five of the
Shanghai Number One Intermediate People's Court, the Information Centre of
Human Rights and Democratic Movement in China said.
Authorities had informed Lin's wife, Xu Hong, of the date, the centre said.
Lin was arrested on March 25 and initially convicted in June, but prosecutors
returned the case to the investigating Public Security Bureau over lack of
China contends that Lin should be punished for sending
some 30,000 e-mail addresses to
"Big Reference" which consituted endangering state security and attempting to overthrown the
Lin's wife has sent an open letter to the Shanghai People's Procuratorate
protesting the decision to hold a closed trial and condemning Justice Minister
Yang for encouraging the practice.
"This case does not touch state secrets or personal privacy and so should
definitely be tried openly," Xu wrote in her appeal. dpa mi pt
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