China Dissident Hu Jia To Go On Trial

From Reuters:

Prominent Chinese dissident Hu Jia is to go on trial on subversion charges on Tuesday, drawing denunciations from human rights advocates who called the case an attempt to stifle dissent before Beijing’s Olympic Games.

A source close to Hu’s family told Reuters that his wife, father and an uncle would not be allowed to attend the trial. Only his mother can do so.

Prosecutors will tell the Beijing Number One Intermediate People’s Court that Hu “incited subversion of state power and the socialist system” on the Internet and in interviews with foreign reporters, his lawyer, Li Fangping, said earlier.

Hu will insist the charges are baseless, Li said.

Read also China: Trial of Leading Activist a Sham from Human Rights Watch.

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