Liu's lawyers consider retrial

2010-10-12 12:51
Beijing – The wife and lawyers of jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo are considering a possible bid for a retrial over his conviction on subversion charges, one of the attorneys said on Tuesday.

"We are considering asking for a retrial," Liu's lawyer Shang Baojun told AFP.

"Liu Xia (Liu Xiaobo's wife) wants to appeal for a retrial. We are still deciding which way to go about it. If we do it, of course our defence will be based on a plea of not guilty."

Liu was sentenced to 11 years in prison in December last year on subversion charges after co-authoring Charter 08, a bold manifesto calling for political change in Communist-ruled China. He was awarded the Peace Prize on Friday.

Beijing has reacted angrily to the news, and the laureate's wife Liu Xia has said via her account on Twitter – the popular microblogging service blocked by China but available via proxy servers – that she is under house arrest.

Liu has the right to ask the Beijing high court for a retrial, Shang said.

He also said that there was "no legal basis" for Liu Xia's house arrest, adding that it was not immediately clear if the police would allow her to meet with lawyers.

"She is asking the police right now if we can meet," Shang said.

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