Shen Yongping, the filmmaker behind a documentary on constitutional governance in China, is set to stand trial in November on charges of “illegal business activity”, Reuters reported, citing Shen’s lawyer. Shen had raised over RMB100,000 (US$16,354) from supporters on the Weibo microblogging platform to make the documentary, his lawyer said. The trial follows the Fourth Plenum of the 18th Central Committee meeting convened this month, which emphasized the party’s plans for a more professional, independent judiciary. On Monday Xinhua announced that December 4 will be designated National Constitution Day to remind people that “no organization or individual shall have the privilege of being placed above the constitution.”
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