Activist’s retrial sparks hopes of reform in China – Clifford Coonan

From The Independent, a look at how the retrial in rights activist ’s case has encouraged those hoping for in China:

Chen Guangcheng, the blind “barefoot lawyer” and activist who was jailed in August, had become a byword for the failings of the Chinese justice system – locked up for over four years on trumped-up charges of stopping the traffic during a village protest.

But in a shock turnaround that has sparked hope of meaningful reform of China’s legal system, authorities have overturned a guilty verdict and ordered a retrial in the case, which has become the focus of international and domestic criticism. [Full text]

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