Leading Chinese dissident accused of subversion

09/07/2018 Posted by admin

BEIJING: A leading Chinese dissident, Liu Xiaobo, has been formally arrested for subversion, state media reported, six months after he was detained after signing a pro-democracy charter.Mr Liu, 53, was arrested on Tuesday for “alleged agitation activities aimed at subversion of the Government and overthrowing of the socialist system”, Xinhua news agency said, citing police in Beijing.Mr Liu, a writer who was involved in the 1989 Tiananmen pro-democracy protests, has been detained since December after signing Charter 08, a widely circulated petition that called for greater democracy and the rule of law in China.”Liu has been engaged in agitation activities, such as spreading of rumours and defaming of the Government, aimed at subversion of the state and overthrowing the socialist system in recent years,” Xinhua quoted a police statement as saying.Mr Liu has confessed to the charge, the statement added. His lawyer, Mo Shaoping, said he had no knowledge of the arrest. Mr Mo has not been allowed to see Mr Liu since December.Beijing police declined to comment when contacted. Mr Liu has been under a form of house arrest away from his home since December, with human-rights groups calling for Beijing to release the writer and make public the charges against him.Mr Liu, who was jailed for two years for his role in the 1989 Tiananmen protests, headed a writer’s group called the Independent Chinese PEN Centre when police took him away.His case has drawn intense international criticism, with both the European Union and the United States demanding his quick release.Novelists such as Salman Rushdie and Umberto Eco, as well as Nobel laureates in literature including Irish poet Seamus Heaney, have also campaigned for Mr Liu’s release.
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