Saturday, April 5, 2008
Here are some observations on the conviction of Hu Jia from the Dui Hua Foundation. The article compares the time taken to process Hu's case and finds it extraordinarily fast, compared with other similar cases in Dui Hua's database. It concludes that one "cannot help but suspect that the relevant authorities were reluctant to announce a judgment against Hu too close to the Olympics (where it might cause image problems), preferring instead to send an early warning to other activists not to make trouble." It also suggests that based on what we know of sentences in similar cases, there is no reason to consider Hu's sentence particularly lenient, contrary to Xinhua's claim.