> A reversal after years fighting China's courts, state TV showing human rights lawyer Xie Yang pleading guilty to subverting state power, claiming he was brainwashed abroad to promote Western law. Rights activists called this hearing a scripted show trial. In the video, Xie warns other rights lawyers to avoid foreign media.
Everyone should learn a lesson from me, and behave within the legal framework, to avoid being used by Western anti-China forces. Xie was reported missing two years ago, then held for months without charge, part of a broader crackdown on dissident lawyers. But as Reuters' Christian Shepherd explains, his case caught global attention.
>> Earlier this year his wife and his lawyer released detailed accounts of torture which they said had been given to them by Xie Yang while he was in police custody. After this and international coverage of the torture claims, Chinese state media came out and tried to refute them saying that they were fabricated.
This has then caused international bodies to grow increasingly worried that Xie Yang might be being mistreated, and has drawn more push-back from the Chinese government.>> Broadcasting trials is nothing new in China though activists say in many cases they're a bad attempt at appearing open and fair.>> So the overall issue with cases like Xie Yang's for rights activists and for international bodies who are concerned about human rights in China, is that rather than moving towards real, fair and open trials, it appears China is attempting to simulate them in order to bolster its credibility, when it cracks down on right activists.
Rather than actually providing, fair trials and independent civil society.>> The result of Yang's trial won't come for several days. Even if he isn't sent to prison, he may remain in detention. Another rights lawyer, Li Heping, was handed a so-called suspended sentence last month. Three weeks later, he still hasn't returned home.