Saturday, August 19, 2006

China/human right

Lawyers for blind Chinese activist boycott 'unjust and illegal' trial

BEIJING -- A blind Chinese activist was put on trial but his lawyers boycotted the proceeding after three of them were detained and they were barred from seeing their client, one of the lawyers said.

The trial of Chen Guangcheng, who was arrested after recording complaints by villagers of forced abortions, ended Friday after about two hours without a verdict, according to lawyer Zhang Lihui. He didn't attend the proceeding in a court in eastern China but said Chen's two brothers told him what happened.

Chen faced charges of illegal assembly and intent to damage public property, which his supporters say were fabricated in retaliation for his activism. He could be sentenced to a maximum of five years in jail.mainichi


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