Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Posts About Liu Xiaobo's Brother-In-Law Disappear From Sina Weibo

In December 2008, Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波) and over 300 other Chinese academics, activists, lawyers, and journalists signed Charter 08 (零八宪章), a document released on the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (December 10, 2009), written in the style of the Czechoslovakian Charter 77 calling for greater freedom of expression, human rights, and free elections.

On December 8, 2008, Liu was detained. On December 25, 2009, Liu was sentenced to 11 years' imprisonment and 2 years' deprivation of political rights for "inciting subversion of state power." In the verdict, Charter 08 was named as part of the evidence supporting his conviction. On February 11, 2010, the Beijing Higher People's Court rejected Liu's appeal and upheld the trial court's verdict.

Liu Xiaobo's wife name is Liu Xia (刘霞), and her brother is Liu Hui (刘晖).

This screenshot was taken on April 22, 2013, and shows that a search for "Liu Xia Liu Hui" on March 22 returned two results:
On Tuesday, April 23, Liu Xia's brother Liu Hui's case will be heard in the Huairou Court.
Imprisoned Nobel Laureate Liu X Bo's brother-in-law Liu Hui has been indicted for fraud, and will be tried on May 23 of this month in a court in Huairou. Liu Hui's defense attorney Shang Baojun has told foreign media: "The family and Liu Hui himself believes that this is political persecution in guise of an economic crime. It is all related to Liu X Bo!" Liu Hui's sister Liu Xia, who is being held under in-house detention, has demanded to be allowed attend the hearing. Many American and EU diplomats residing in Beijing have expressed an interest in attending Liu Hui's trial to express support.

This screenshot was taken on April 23, and shows that the same search does not return the first post.
This screenshot was taken on April 24, and shows that Sina now returns a notice for the same search saying it cannot find any results.
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