China rights activist put on trial for subversion Brett Murphy at 3:19 PM ET
[JURIST] The trial [HRW case history] of Chinese human rights activist Hu Jia [advocacy blog] began Tuesday on charges of inciting subversion of state power [JURIST news archive]. Hu was formally charged last month after he made public [JURIST reports] letters and recordings from Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng alleging that Gao was tortured into confessing to subversion charges. Two local lawyers told AP that they were not allowed into the hearing due to the "sensitive" nature of the case. Foreign diplomats were also declined entry. AP has more. BBC News has additional coverage.
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