China dissident Hu Jia to stand trial: lawyer

Chris Buckley and Benjamin Kang Lim , Reuters
BEIJING (Reuters) – Prominent Chinese dissident Hu Jia will soon face trial after prosecutors decided to press subversion charges, his lawyer said on Saturday, as another human rights lawyer close to Hu was freed from brief detention.

Hu, a 34-year-old Beijing-based advocate for AIDS sufferers, Tibetan autonomy and many other causes, was detained by police in late December on the charge of “inciting subversion of state power.”

Local and foreign human rights campaigners have urged his release ahead of Beijing’s 2008 Olympic Games, when the country wants to display its economic and social progress.[continues…]

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