Chen Yan, a woman from Jianghan district in Wuhan, Hubei province, destroyed an inscription drew by the former vice governor of Hubei province. The inscription was authenticated of more than 50,000 yuan. Chen was arrested and detained by local police.
On March 18, Chen received the letter of decision issued by Wuhan police that she would be under surveillance since then.
What Chen destroyed was a inscription of “Outdoor Chamber of Commerce of Hubei Province” written by Han Zhong, the former vice governor of the province.
Public information showed that Chen Yan’s husband surnamed Fu used to be the chairman of the Outdoor Chamber of Commerce of Hubei province.
Chen said that on August 2, 2015, Chen suffered from domestic violence of Fu. Chen called the police. On August 29. Fu was arrested and detained by Jianghan police station. Jianghan court said that Fu committed the crime of intentional injury. Fu was sentenced one year in prison.
Chen said that the inscription was written in 2014. After Fu was in prison, Fu’s family reported to the police that Chen destroyed the property of the company. On January 25, 2016, after the evaluation, Jianghan bureau of commodity price affirmed that the inscription was worth more than 50,000 yuan.
On the same day, Chen raised an objection on the price of the poster and she asked for evaluation again. On January 26, she was detained by the Jianghan police.
On March 18, Chen Yan was released after 54 days’ detention. However, she received another decision letter. Jianghan police said that they were investigating the case of Chen Yan destroying public property intentionally. Chen was involved in destroying company property of the Outdoor Chamber of Commerce of Hubei province. Chen would be under in-house surveillance from March 19, 2017 to September 19, 2017.
Lei Gang, lawyer at Hubei Zhonghexin Law Firm, explained that when dealing with controversial cases, police has no rights to restrict the personal freedom since the law has no regulations on such cases.
Now the case is still under investigation. Chen Yan is still under surveillance.