Liu Xiaobo’s Brother-in-Law Sentenced

On June 8, a court in suburban Beijing sentenced Liu Xiaobo’s brother-in-law Liu Hui to 11 years in prison for fraud, in a case some fear is a “warning to the whole family.” From Isolda Morillo at the Associated Press:

“This is damaging to my whole family,” said Liu’s sister and the wife of the imprisoned Nobel laureate, , who was allowed to leave the Beijing apartment where she has been confined to attend the hearing. Crying, she criticized the authorities for being unscrupulous in persecuting the family: “Look at this situation. There’s no bottom line.”

[…] The 11-year sentence for a business dispute is harsh even by Chinese standards and matches the 11 years is currently serving for authoring a programmatic call for democracy. Fraud is usually punishable by up to 10 years in jail, though judges — who answer to the ruling Communist Party — have discretion to issue longer terms for egregious cases.

[…] The arrest of her brother, Liu Hui, in February was seen as retaliation against Liu Xia after she twice spoke out — once to reporters for The Associated Press and once to other activists who managed to sneak past security and visit her apartment. [Source]

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