Lawyer Says China Must Free Dissident Writer

From AP:

The lawyer for a prominent Chinese writer secretly detained six months ago called on authorities Monday to free his client or formally charge him.

Dissident author Liu Xiaobo was taken away by police on Dec. 8, a day before the publication of a document he co-authored appealing for sweeping political reform in China.

He has not been charged. A rights group says police have been keeping him in a suburban Beijing hotel.

His lawyer, Mo Shaoping, said authorities must release or formally charge Liu because China’s criminal law limits the kind of soft detention he has been under to six months.


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