China Charges AIDS Activist With Subversion(2008.03.13 )

HONG KONG—Authorities in Beijing have formally charged AIDS activist Hu Jia with “incitement to subversion” after he wrote articles online critical of China’s hosting of the Olympics, his lawyers said.

Hu is formally charged with “incitement to subvert state power” and will be tried at the Beijing No.1 Intermediate People’s Court Tuesday, his lawyers, Li Jinsong and Li Fangping said.

“On Monday, March 10, a judge telephoned me and said that Hu Jia’s case had been sent to the court. He said that he had met with Hu Jia and informed him,” Li Jinsong said.

Five permits had been issued for relatives to attend the trial, but Hu’s wife Zeng Jinyan, currently under house arrest with her four-month-old baby daughter at the couple’s Beijing home, would not be in the public gallery, the lawyers said.

“A court official said that she probably would be refused a pass because she is a witness in this case,” Li said.

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