A Beijing lawyer accused of fabricating evidence when representing an alleged gang boss went on trial in Chongqing yesterday, in a case that has raised concerns about the dangers lawyers face while doing their jobs. According to the indictment, Li Zhuang, 48,encouraged Gong Gangmo, to pretend he had been tortured or beaten by police to force a confession. The indictment said Li instigated other witnesses to give false testimony and asked his co-counsel, Chongqing lawyer Wu Jiayou, to bribe police. The indictment said Gong reported Li to police this month, three weeks after family members hired him as counsel. The indictment was put online by one of Li's lawyers, Chen Youxi, of Hangzhou -based law firm Capital Equity Legal Group. Li, a partner at Beijing-based Kangda Law Firm, denied the charges yesterday morning at Jiangbei District People's Court, saying the evidence prosecutors provided was untrue and the court must accept the identification of Gong's wounds as evidence of torture. Gong is one of 14 alleged triad bosses arrested in the massive crackdown on organised crime in Chongqing since June. He and his co-defendants are accused of involvement in murders, possession of firearms, loan-sharking and other crimes. In his trial, Li asked that eight witnesses, including Gong, testify, and that police videotapes of his meetings with Gong be used as evidence. He also said Chongqing authorities should not handle the trial. The court rejected his requests, after which Li refused to answer any questions the judge raised, CCTV said. Chongqing police said earlier that all witnesses refused to attend court, but Li's lawyers said this was because most were in custody. On Tuesday, Chen placed on the firm's website pictures of wounds he said Gong sustained in detention. The pictures were sent to the firm several hours earlier by the court after repeated requests. Chen said in a statement that was also published on his personal website that evidence showed police tortured Gong. Gong told Li that he had been hung up by police for eight days and nights, the statement said, but Gong then triggered the lawyer's arrest, a move aimed at getting a more lenient sentence. Jiangbei district prosecutors' office and the court declined to comment, and a court employee would not confirm when a verdict would be reached. Chen and co-counsel Gao Zicheng, who defended disgraced Shanghai party boss Chen Liangyu , said before the trial that they were heading to Chongqing not only to defend Li, but also to defend the rights of all mainland lawyers and safeguard the law. Dozens of mainland lawyers also appealed to government-sponsored lawyers associations, the Ministry of Public Security and the National People's Congress after Li's arrest, claiming Chongqing police acted illegally in the crackdown and in Li's case.