Updated: May 10, 2021 6:56 AM IS
Beijing [China], May 10 (ANI): A lawyer in mainland China who was de-registered after taking up the case of one of the Hong Kong refugees arrested while attempting to flee to Taiwan was charged with national security prohibits leaving the country in the United States for reasons.
Lu Siwei, who wanted to participate in an American scholarship program, was delisted from mainland judicial authorities after handling cases relating to the 12 refugees arrested for trying to prosecute for their roles in the anti-government protests reported in Hong Kong, South China Morning, Escape Post (SCMP).
Border guards stopped Lu at Shanghai Pudong International Airport on Saturday when he was about to board Delta Air Lines’ DL288 flight to Seattle, he told SCMP. “They told me I couldn’t go,” he said.
The lawyer said he was eventually released, but the authorities prevented him from using his cell phone for two hours. He was scheduled to take the flight to the United States after being invited to the Humphrey Program, a 10-month academic program, as a visiting fellow.
Lu said he was previously banned from leaving the mainland when he tried to attend a judicial forum in Hong Kong last year.
He believes his involvement in the refugee case may have led the mainland authorities to extend the travel ban to prevent him from participating in the academic program.
His license was also revoked earlier this year after taking up the case of the refugees, most of whom were later charged and detained for crimes related to illegal crossing, SCMP reported.
In January, the Sichuan judiciary revoked Lu’s license, finding that he had “repeatedly made inappropriate comments on the Internet” over a long period of time.
The lawyer said he was not concerned about further action by Chinese officials. “If they wanted to arrest me, they would have done it a long time ago,” he said.
However, he mentioned that the loss of his professional license had taken a toll on him as he had barely managed to feed himself.
Beijing, disrupted by violent anti-government protests in 2019, passed the national security law to crack down on those who protested against the government. Subversion became a criminal offense in Hong Kong under the Beijing-drafted national security law.
Last month, Hong Kong police arrested more than 10,200 people in the past 20 months in connection with the anti-government protests, signaling the extent of the Beijing-backed authorities’ efforts to silence dissenters.
According to the SCMP, over 600 people have already been convicted. During this period, 26 officers were arrested or charged with alleged involvement in the social unrest.
The protests broke out in June 2019 because of the extradition law, which has since been withdrawn. The bill was seen as an example of the increasing Chinese influence in Hong Kong. (ANI)