China To Try Prominent Dissident On Wednesday: Lawyer (Update)

From Reuters:

Chinese prosecutors will put , one of the country’s best-known , on trial on subversion charges on Wednesday in Beijing, Liu’s lawyer and wife said on Sunday.

Despite Liu’s trial coming shortly before Christmas, it is sure to receive widespread international attention. Political leaders in Europe and Washington have expressed concern about the case.

Liu has been among his country’s best known critics of restrictions on citizens’ rights, and was detained late last year while helping oversee the launch of the “” petition for political change.

Update: See also Perry Link’s blog post on LIu Xiaobo and Charter 08.

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