Radical lawyer confesses - Global Times
Analysts denied that the recent detention of several lawyers was a crackdown on attorneys and said that the illegal practices of the detained lawyers, including disrupting court order and inciting protests, have tarnished the image of China’s legal professionals.
Zhou Shifeng, director of the Beijing-based Fengrui Law Firm, eight other lawyers and several staff members were detained over disrupting public order and seeking profits by illegally hiring protesters and attempting to sway court decisions in the name of “defending justice and public interests.”
Zhou confessed to his crimes, saying “there is no doubt that my law firm had violated laws and made serious mistakes,” the Xinhua News Agency reported late Saturday.
Since July 2012, the group has organized more than 40 controversial incidents.
Several of those detained admitted that the law firm often hyped and politicized sensitive cases to raise international attention. They admitted that the firm had purposely picked up controversial and sensitive cases to gain prominence.
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