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Liu Xiaobo

2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Liu Xiaobo is a writer, professor, and political dissident. In 2009, Liu was sentenced to 11 years for inciting subversion because of his involvement in writing Charter 08, a petition advocating political reform in China. Liu was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for “his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” 

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Relative of imprisoned Nobel winner gets 11 years

Supporters of Liu Xiaobo's family say harsh punishment of brother-in-law for fraud is an attack on activist's family

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 09 June, 2013, 10:55am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 June, 2013, 3:58am

A court sentenced the brother-in-law of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, to 11 years in prison yesterday - an unusually harsh punishment for a business dispute that the activist's wife immediately decried as a warning to the whole family.

The court in suburban Beijing issued the sentence in a brief hearing after finding Liu Hui guilty of fraud in a real estate dispute, said lawyer Shang Baojun.

"This is damaging to my whole family," said Liu's sister and the wife of the imprisoned Nobel laureate, Liu Xia , who was allowed to leave the Beijing apartment where she has been confined to attend the hearing. Weeping, she criticised the authorities for being unscrupulous in persecuting the family.

"How can they give an 11-year sentence? I do not know. That does not stand. Perhaps this country has gone mad, or do they hate us so much?" she said.

Family members and their supporters have said the prosecution of Liu Hui is meant as further punishment of the Nobel laureate's family and is intended to intimidate other political activists. The 11-year sentence for a business dispute is harsh even by mainland standards and matches the 11 years Liu Xiaobo is currently serving for authoring a programmatic call for democracy. Fraud is usually punishable by up to 10 years in jail, although judges -who answer to the ruling Communist Party - have discretion to issue longer terms for cases.

The prosecution of Liu Hui is the latest measure against the family. Liu Xiaobo was arrested in 2008 and soon after he was awarded the Nobel in 2010 for his campaigning for peaceful democratic change. His wife, Liu Xia, a poet and activist, was placed under house arrest.

In the two-and-a-half years since, she has rarely been allowed out in public, being restricted to an apartment without phone or Internet connections to prevent her from becoming a rallying point for other activists. Liu said she has seen no improvements in China's human rights situation under the new leadership of Xi Jinping , who took over as party leader last autumn.

"Judging from what has happened to my family and the type of life I have lived in the past two years, I cannot say I have seen any improvements, I cannot see any hope," she said.

The arrest of her brother, Liu Hui, in February was seen as retaliation against Liu Xia after she twice spoke out - once to reporters for the Associated Press and once to other activists who managed to sneak past security and visit her apartment.

Lawyers for the brother said he and another business partner were accused of pocketing 3 million yuan (HK$3.8 million) that was claimed by another party to the transaction. According to the lawyers, the money has since been returned, and police - after first investigating the case last autumn - dropped it, but then revived the charges early this year. Speaking after the hearing yesterday, Liu Xia, said her brother had lost a lot of weight in detention.

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hard times !
definitely it is a political trial and Mr.Liu ****, brother-in-law of jailed winner of Nobel Prize of Peace, Liu Xiao-bo,is so heavily sentenced to 11-year-jail term(for a charge of fraud only) is due to his relationship with Liu Xiao-bo who published the famed Charter 08---demanding the practice of the Constitution of the PRC which allows people to enjoy freedoms of speech,marches,gatherings,setting societies and religion plus let multi-party political system be introduced into Mainland China---an end to the one-party autocratic rule in Mainland China. The Communist ruling regime is as fedual as the late Qing Dynasty---if one member of the family was found to be guilty of an offence (or just wronged accused),his/her whole family would be adversely affected.While the corrupted cadres' family can enjoy richness and luxurious lifestyle from money got from bribery or corruption through their power !
VicSexton
30,000,0000 lives wiped out during the Great Leap Forward/Cultural Revolution - pretty heinous but haven't seen anyone incarcerated for it. In fact, they're still running the place!
tfung
You do the crime, you do the time... no sympathy at all to this thief...
whymak
I think it is absolutely wrong for Beijing to imprison Liu Xiaobo because there was no evidence of subversion.
On the other hand, there is great irony in his wife Liu Xia's grief for her brother's 11 year imprisonment. She never believes her husband's shameful behavior, a lackey cheering and endorsing every US foreign war, to be wrong. In other words, Liu Xiaobo approves the genocide of 4 million Vietnamese. Which is more heinous, 4 million lives wiped off from the face of the earth or one person alleged to be unjustly incarcerated for 11 years?
nabin.limbu
I love China ! what not to love about China !?
qiaohan
well, so much for rule of law.
chaz_hen
Chinese Dream. Justice. Peaceful Rise. Harmony.
whymak
VicSexton:
You used one of worst tactics in debates. I started specifically with the contradictions of Liu Xia. What do Mao’s alleged atrocities have to do with this?

If one wants to frame the issue into a historical perspective, which is something I often do, that’s fine. But I did not raise the issue of comparative mass atrocities in history.
Using irrelevant facts to obfuscate your debate deficiencies and illogicalities won’t get you very far. The issue raised here is Liu Xia having no awareness beyond personal concerns. Both she and Liu Xiaobo share a perverse moral compass, an ideological self-righteousness justifying colonial and foreign wars that slaughter millions.
Of course, their actions are music to the ears of many hate-China folks. Let’s be honest. Aren’t your crocodile tears for the Chinese mass sufferings a product of your need to feel good by demonizing China?
Unlike one ferocious rabid illiterate using multiple pseudonyms to attack me in these pages, I assume you had some college education.

whymak
Vicsexton:
Did tyrant Mao put them into gas chambers? Deaths from famines, a hallmark of economic mismanagement, yes.
There were countless famines in history. In Ireland potato famine, 12.5% of the nation perished and an equal number displaced.
Christian sectarian wars in 16th and 17th centuries killed more people than one could imagine. 20% of Germans died, with the population descended into famine and cannibalism. Treaty of Westphalia is the beginning of hate redemption from religion and politics.
Like Adam and Eve, parting the Red Sea, you quoted mythical 30 million deaths to satisfy your hate passion, disregarding that China could not begin reconstruction without first ridding the nation of all foreign roots in its people.
China still has problems. Tell me how long it was from storming of Bastille to Foreign Legion threatening a civil war in France? French settled into dysfunctional democracy only after de Gaulle.
Germany gave the world Beethoven, Hegel, Kant, Goethe, Hilbert, Einstein, Heisenberg, etc. Yet the most civilized nation also showed Third Reich's destruction and Hitler's racism exceeding even slave trades and forced opium consumption on China.
Learning history is hard. But indulging in hate for all things China and Chinese like what some readers are doing is easy.
Mao is history. Like other saviors and tyrants, he would be accorded his rightful place in Chinese history.
Here is the bottom line: China is no longer threatened by famine.
VicSexton
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