BEIJING – A defense lawyer says prominent Chinese legal activist Pu Zhiqiang has denied a series of police charges against him that fellow activists say were trumped up to silence a vocal government critic.
Mo Shaoping said Wednesday that a police document suggested that prosecutors indict Pu on charges of inciting state subversion, fanning ethnic hatred, provoking trouble, and illegally obtaining personal information.
Mo says he shared the document with Pu at a Beijing detention center and that Pu denied all of the charges.
Pu is best known for pushing for an end to China's hated labor camps. He was detained in May after attending a private event commemorating the 25th anniversary of a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters on Beijing's Tiananmen Square.