Trial Of Chinese Dissident Ends Without Ruling
A state secrets trial of a Chinese dissident who criticized the government’s response to a massive earthquake last year ended Wednesday after half a day, with no immediate ruling, his wife said.
About 50 supporters and relatives of Huang Qi tried to attend his trial in Chengdu in southwestern Sichuan but were barred from entering the court by police, said Zeng Li, Huang’s wife, in a phone interview. She said her husband’s health has been deteriorating in recent months while in detention.
Huang, 45, long one of China’s most outspoken activists, ran a human rights Web site and wrote about parents who had lost their children when badly built schools collapsed in the May 2008 quake that left nearly 90,000 people dead or missing.