Detention of China Dissident Liu Xiaobo Extended

The detention of Liu Xiaobo, one of the drafters of Charter 08, has been extended for an additional two months. From the Associated Press:

Chinese authorities have extended the detention of a jailed dissident writer for another two months, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Police took Liu Xiaobo away on Dec. 8, 2008, one day before the publication of a document he co-authored that called for more civil rights in China and an end to the Communist Party’s political dominance.

Liu was held at a secret location for six months, then formally arrested in June on suspicion of “inciting to subvert state power” — a loosely defined charge that carries a maximum sentence of 15 years.

Lawyer Mo Shaoping said police gave no reason for Wednesday’s extension other than that the case was complicated.

November 25, 2009 8:48 PM
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