November 28, 2006
Chen Guangcheng retrial under way
I last posted here about the farcical trial of Chen Guangcheng, the blind legal activist from Shandong. The verdict in his first trial was overturned and the case was remanded back to the original court. His second trial is now under way. Although three former prosecution witnesses promised to testify for the defense this time, saying that their former testimony had been elicited by police torture, none showed up; two had simply disappeared, while a third was kidnapped on the eve of trial by unidentified men literally in front of the eyes of two of Chen's lawyers. The Washington Post story is here.
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