Detention of China Dissident Liu Xiaobo Extended

The of , one of the drafters of Charter 08, has been extended for an additional two months. From the Associated Press:

Chinese authorities have extended the detention of a jailed dissident writer for another two months, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Police took Liu Xiaobo away on Dec. 8, 2008, one day before the publication of a document he co-authored that called for more civil rights in China and an end to the Communist Party’s political dominance.

Liu was held at a secret location for six months, then formally arrested in June on suspicion of “inciting to subvert state power” — a loosely defined charge that carries a maximum sentence of 15 years.

Lawyer Mo Shaoping said police gave no reason for Wednesday’s extension other than that the case was complicated.

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