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Friday, December 23, 2011

Chinese rights activist tried for subversion
Cody Harding at 12:00 AM ET

On December 23, 2009, Chinese rights activist Liu Xiaobo was tried on charges of inciting subversion in a closed proceeding which lasted only two hours. Liu was formally arrested in June 2009 and had been in police custody since earlier in December 2009. Liu previously spent two years in prison following the 1989 Tianamen Square uprising. Following his imprisonment, he maintained his long-standing opposition to China's one-party rule and co-authored the political reform petition Charter 08. Following his trial, Liu was sentenced to 11 years in prison, which was upheld on appeal. While imprisoned, Liu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in absentia and became to first Chinese national to be so honored while residing in China. He is currently imprisoned in Jinzhou Prison in Liaoning Province.

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