Liu Xiaobo was eventually allowed to meet with his lawyer. Liu’s lawyer Shang Baojun said that the meeting took place at around 3.15pm on 26 June at the Beijing Number 1 Detention Centre. It lasted for approximately 40 minutes.
Shang found out from Liu Xiaobo that he had been detained in a house with no windows since December last year. He was not even allowed to go outside to stretch his legs. According to PRC legislation, under no circumstances should house arrests be extended beyond six months. In other words, from 8 June to 23 June, Liu Xiaobo had been illegally detained.
Liu refuted the claim of a recent Xinhua press release that he had confessed to the crime of inciting subversion. During the course of interrogation, Liu had only made two admissions: (1) He was the main contributor to the drafting of Charter 08; and (2) he had published more than 20 essays via the Internet. However, Liu Xiaobo was adamant that none of these were illegal activities. Nor could they be construed as inciting subversion.
Liu apologised through his lawyer to his wife and family for the suffering that they had to endure. However he expressed no regret for his commitment to a free and democratic China. Liu also thanked his friends in China and abroad for their support. Liu hoped that his claim of full responsibility for Charter 08 would prevent others from sustaining further political persecutions.
According to Liu Xiaobo’s lawyer, a bail application had been filed on 25 June. A formal reply is expected latest by next Thursday.
Meanwhile, a group of more than 50 intellectuals in China has signed a petition calling for the immediate release of Liu Xiaobo and the proper implementation of freedom of speech rights as stipulated in the PRC Constitution.
Source: AP (via Google News)