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Rights group says China dissident Hu Jia to face trial

ICC Note:

An advocate for AIDS patients and human rights, Hu Jia, is reported to face trial for “inciting subversion of state power” in China.

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1/31/2008 China (Reuters) Hu, a 34-year old Beijing-based advocate for AIDS patients and a range of human rights issues, was arrested in late December on the subversion charge.

Reporters Without Borders said prosecutors formally notified his family that they want to put him on trial.

“His family was notified in writing (on January 30), that Hu Jia, who is suffering from liver disease, was to be put on trial,” the group said in an emailed statement, citing Chinese activists.

But Hu’s lawyer, Li Jinsong, told Reuters that he had not been notified of any such decision by either prosecutors or Hu’s family.

Hu has been accused by investigators of encouraging others to challenge the rule of the Chinese Communist Party, a claim often used against dissidents that usually attracts a jail sentence of several years.

He has been a thorn in the government’s side and was put under house arrest for 214 days last year. He first came to prominence in the late 1990s over his advocacy for AIDS sufferers in rural China.

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