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Chinese officials flout ‘rule of law’ vow

November 26, 2003

Iris Tsang

Jiang Meili, wife of the jailed lawyer Zheng Enchong, has a deep and bitter understanding of this failure. Zheng was recently sentenced to three years in prison for "disclosure of state secrets". What he actually did was to help a number of Shanghai residents defend themselves against a property scam related to a filthy-rich real-estate tycoon, Zhou Zhengyi, in the Shanghai government's redevelopment plan...

...Jiang Meili had gone to Beijing to meet with her husband's lawyer about his planned appeal. She also planned to consult some leading legal scholars about whether communications between Zheng and a New York-based organization, Human Rights in China, constituted the alleged disclosure of state secrets.

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