China, Guo Feixiong (aka Yang Maodong), January 2009

The Law Society expresses its deep concern over the continued arbitrary detention of lawyer Guo Feixiong (also known as Yang Maodong). Reports indicate that on November 14, 2007, the Tianhe District Court of Guangzhou City convicted Mr. Guo Feixiong for "illegal business activity" in connection with the publication of Shenyang Political Earthquake, which exposed government corruption in Shanyang City, Lianing Province. He was sentenced to five years imprisonment and a fine of 40,000 yuan, following a trial that appeared to be marked with serious procedural irregularities. According to Mr. Guo Feixiong's wife, the authorities have created many obstacles to prevent Mr. Guo Feixiong from proceeding with his appeal.

Convocation approved the following letter of intervention, dated January 30, 2007.

Letter of Intervention to the Prime Minister