Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Leading Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo faces subversion case 刘晓波将上非法法庭受审

Pro-democracy activists hold pictures of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo outside the US Consulate General in Hong Kong in this October 23 file photo.
Kin Cheun/AP/File


中国从不是个国家(Nation)。 中国只是一个非法党政(Party-State)。 中国的政府并没有政府职能;它只是一个中共的工具。 中国要进化到正常国度或有一个正常政府,其前提是共产政权的灭亡。 相信中共可以变好只说明相信者的变态与幻觉心理。 --- 陈凯

China is not a nation. China is a Party-State. The Chinese government has none of the normal functions of a normal government. The Chinese government is only a tool, like everything else in China, of the Chinese Communist Party. If China is to develop into a normal Nation-State with a normal government performing normal civic functions, the downfall of the Chinese Communist Party is a must. To believe that a criminal Party-State under the Chinese Communist Party somehow can transform itself to be a normal Nation-State only shows the pathological perversion and psychotic illusion of the believers. --- Kai Chen


Leading Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo faces subversion case 刘晓波将上非法法庭受审

Police have presented a subversion case against prominent Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, raising the likelihood that he will face trial and then prison. The move furthers China's crackdown on democracy activists.

By Peter Ford | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

from the December 9, 2009 edition

Beijing - Police investigators have presented prosecutors with a subversion case against China's most prominent dissident, lawyers for the activist, Liu Xiaobo, said on Wednesday. The move makes it more likely that Mr. Liu will be sent to prison, despite widespread international protests since he was detained without charge a year ago, human rights defenders predicted.

"This significantly reduces Liu's chance of being released," says Nicolas Bequelin, a China analyst with Human Rights Watch in Hong Kong. "It indicates that the decision to bring him to trial has been taken by higher-ups."

Liu's fate also indicates that "the crackdown on human rights defenders … that started in the lead-up to the Beijing Olympics remains at a heightened level," says Roseanne Rife, Amnesty International's deputy program director for Asia. "The danger is now that it has become standard procedure."

Liu, a literary critic and essayist, was detained on Dec. 8 last year, apparently for his role in drafting "Charter 08," a call for greater democracy in China. The charter, signed by 300 people, was published on the Internet two days later, to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It has since attracted more than 8,000 signatures.

Accused of "inciting subversion of state power," Liu was held in a secret location for six months before being formally arrested and transferred to Beijing's Detention Center No.1 last June. Police extended their investigation three times, the legal limit under Chinese law.

Third time in jail

This is the third time Liu, an outspoken critic of the Chinese regime, has been jailed. He spent two years in prison for his role during the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, and three years in a "reeducation through labor" camp for challenging one-party rule in Web postings.

The prosecutor must now decide whether to drop the case, refer it back to the police for further investigation, or bring it to court.

He will "most likely" choose the third option, Liu's lawyer, Shang Baojun says, although Chinese law allows for up to six months of procedural delays.

If Liu is brought before a judge, "it is impossible that he will not be convicted," argues Mr. Bequelin. "His arrest was political, his prosecution will be political, and the outcome will be political," he charges. "The legal procedures are just a pipeline through which the case is processed, but the outcome is decided elsewhere."

Ignoring international pressure

The decision by Chinese authorities to go forward with the case defies international condemnation of their bid to brand pro-democracy activists as subversives. Liu's arrest drew protests from leading authors around the world, including Salman Rushdie, Umberto Eco, and Wole Soyinka.

Until the prosecutor makes his decision, Liu's fate is not sealed, says Bequelin. "But time is running out," he says.

"I don't know whether international pressure helps," says Liu's lawyer, Mr. Shang. "But we cannot do nothing."

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