China Sets State Secrets Trial for Times Researcher in June – David Lague

From the New York Times (link):

Chinese authorities have preliminarily fixed a June 8 trial date for a researcher for The New York Times who is accused of fraud and disclosing , his lawyer said Friday.

The decision to try the researcher, Zhao Yan, 44, who worked in the Beijing bureau of The Times, followed a move by prosecutors to revive the case against him after earlier dropping the indictment. Mr. Zhao denies the charges.

In the Chinese legal system, fixing the date of a trial is often tantamount to a decision to convict. It is very rare that the accused is found not guilty in a trial, particularly when the charges involve disclosing state secrets or subversion.

May 26, 2006, 9:48 PM
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