Liu Xiaobo Formally Arrested

Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波) is now formally arrested, according to Xinhua, after half a year under house arrest, writes Under the Jararanda.  The post includes a translation of the Xinhua report, another from a Singapore newspaper, and some more related links.

Liu had been held incommunicado since December 8, the day before Charter 08, of which he is one of the initial signatories, was released, according to the Guardian. The paper also reports that so far, Mo Shaoping, Liu’s lawyer, has not been allowed to see his client and was unaware of the arrest until he was called by journalists for a statement.

China Law Prof Blog published an analysis of his detention in December last year and described Beijing’s toolkit of coercive measures and criminal penalties for “inciting subversion”.

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