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Legal news from Friday, December 25, 2009
by David Manes

Chinese rights activist Liu Xiaobo was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Friday on subversion charges. Liu was tried on Wednesday in a trial that lasted only two hours and was closed to foreign diplomats. The trial was called "a travesty of justice" by international human rights groups. Human Rights Watch said …

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by Dwyer Arce

Former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian was indicted Thursday along with his wife and 20 other family members and prominent business leaders on charges of corruption and money laundering in relation to Chen's financial reform program. Chen and his wife are accused of taking bribes from banks and financial institutions that sought …

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