Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Case against Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo sent to prosecutors

Liu’s lawyer says investigators claim author incited subversion, which carries a maximum 15-year jail term

Tania Branigan, The Guardian/UK, Dec 9, 2009

Liu XiaoboLiu Xiaobo has been detained for a year. Photograph: Will Burgess/Reuters/Corbis

Chinese police have presented the case against one of the country’s most prominent dissidents to prosecutors, after detaining him for a year.

Liu Xiaobo’s lawyer Shang Baojun said the investigators’ report alleged that the author incited the subversion of state power through articles he published on the internet and by helping to write Charter 08, an appeal for democratic reforms and greater civil liberties.

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