Saturday, March 22, 2008

Activist tried after exposing abuse of China's one-child policy | AFP | Find Articles at BNET.com

Activist tried after exposing abuse of China's one-child policy | AFP | Find Articles at BNET.com

"As soon as I left home I was dragged back, there were four police cars and more than 10 police officers," Yuan said by telephone.

"I have a right to attend his trial... this is supposed to be an open trial. It doesn't involve any state secrets."

Chen, 34, was detained in September last year after he exposed the extreme measures of local government officials in Linyi city as they enforced China's policy of urban couples only being allowed to have one child.

Chen accused the Linyi authorities of forcing many women to be sterilized and have abortions as late as eight months into their pregnancy.

"Trials in China are often very quick affairs with verdicts not announced for weeks or months.

Yuan, Chen's wife, said she suspected the verdict against her husband had already been decided and that authorities would give her husband a long prison sentence.

'I want to say to the world that Guangcheng is innocent,' she said."

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