Human rights lawyers
Jiang Tianyong 江天勇and
陽 were paraded on Beijing-backed Hong Kong Phoenix TV on March
1, 2017. Jiang "confessed" that he fabricated Xie's prison
torture and Xie denied that he was tortured. Xie was detained
since July, 2015. Jiang had been detained several times and
last was disappeared in November, 2016.
However, Xie Yang, knowing China's
government tactic, gave his lawyer, Chen Jiangang, a hand
written testimony denying any guilt. See below:
Yang's declaration on Jan. 13, 2017
I'm Xie Yang, and I hereby declare:
Today I met with my attorney, Chen Jiangang, again. All my statements here are completely true and out of a free heart. I want to declare that I am completely innocent.
I have been suffering from all kinds of severe abuse and torture since I was arrested on July 11, 2015. Nevertheless, I have never plead guilty, because I am not guilty.
If someday I admit any guilt, whether in written form or voice recording, it would definitely not be out of my own will. It would be either caused by continued torture or to get a chance to be bailed out and reunited with my family. Both my family and I are under immense pressure now as the officials ask me to confess and stop talking about my torture.
Once again, I am innocent.
Jan. 13, 2017