China Dissident Tried over Skype Messages, Poem

Dissident Zhu Yufu was put on trial today but no verdict has yet been announced. From Reuters:

Veteran activist faced trial in the prosperous eastern city of Hangzhou, where police arrested him in April and charged him with “inciting subversion of state power,” his lawyer, Li Dunyong, said.

The court did not deliver its verdict straight away. But Zhu, who turns 59 in February, appears likely to follow other Chinese who have received stiff prison terms from the party-run judiciary on subversion charges, which are often used to punish ardent advocates of democratic change.

In Zhu’s case, the prosecutors cited his poem, “It’s time,” as well as text messages that he sent using the Skype online chat service, said Li.

Read one of Zhu’s poems in this previous CDT post. Zhu previously served two years in prison on 2008. See also an explanation of the difference between “inciting subversion” and “subversion,” by the Siweiluozi blog.

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