Liu Xiaobo’s First Meeting with his Lawyer

China Dissident Arrested

Pro-democracy lawmakers and activities hold the picture of Liu Xiaobo protest outside the China's liaison office in Hong Kong Thursday, June 25, 2009. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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.

Source: Canyu (via Chinese Pen)

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)

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13 Responses to Liu Xiaobo’s First Meeting with his Lawyer

  1. justrecently says:

    There are many ways to “disbar” a lawyer, writes the Washington Post

  2. C.A. Yeung says:

    Thanks for linking to the WaPo article. The arbitrary disbarring of rights defending lawyers not only highlights the imperfection of the Chinese legal system, it also begs the question as to whether one can rely on the Chinese legal system to adequately protect his commercial interests if the same system is incapable of protecting him from the government’s abuse of power.

  3. Ned Kelly says:

    Our American friend Ivan, who is an expert on American law, tells us that the ONLY way for a lawyer to be disbarred in America is if he commits deadly serious felonies such as dealing in large amounts of drugs or child-pornography…

    …but what Liu XiaoBo did, had NOTHING to do with any of those crimes!

    In China, a lawyer can be disbarred simply for publishing some words that the Chinese Communist Party disagrees with. But in all truly civilised countries with a Rule of Law, NO lawyer can be disbarred for disagreeing with the Ruling Party!

  4. C.A. Yeung says:


    Only a small fraction of disbarred Chinese lawyers have published opinion of dissent. For the majority of them, their licenses were cancelled as a way of stopping them from doing their jobs. That is: to represent their clients to make sure they have a fair go. Contrary to CCP propaganda (or deliberate lies of CCP apologists), most of these disbarred lawyers’ clients are not political dissidents. They are just ordinary people trying to defend their properties against greedy businessmen.

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  6. anonymous says:

    very brave and selfless of him, no matter what the ccp does at least his message will be heard. the funny thing is that very few people outside of the chinese speaking world has even heard of charter 08 or even gives half a shit about hu jia or liu shaobo.

    defenders of freedom and democracy my ass.

  7. anonymous says:


  8. anonymous says:



    too distracted

  9. C.A. Yeung says:

    Anonymous said, “the funny thing is that very few people outside of the chinese speaking world have even heard of charter 08 or even give half a shit about hu jia or liu xiaobo.”

    Ferin, this is not quite true. Quite a few non-Chinese speaking people in the West are doing some real lobbying work both openly and behind the scene about Hu Jia and Liu Xiaobo.

    Western media’s coverage of Charter 08 is limited by what is available to report. The Chinese government’s strict censorship on those topics means that only China observers with good Chinese language skills know how to sieve through the Internet to access ongoing debates.

    Of course, some deliberate lies told in certain influential English language China blog about the lack of popular support of Charter 08 have also discouraged Western media from further reporting.

  10. Ned Kelly says:

    @ Anonymous,

    when see comment too lazy to f—ing CAPITALISE first letter of sentence or use personal pronoun, ignore

  11. justrecently says:

    C.A., methinks you are investing too much work in replying to a (sucking) attempt in modern art. Better ask Anonymous to write a clear comment before replying. 😉
    yadayadayadaya too frustrated.

  12. C.A. Yeung says:

    I do hope I can spare more time translating. But the fact is, blogging is only a very small part of my very busy daily schedule.

    Why don’t you have a go?

  13. Ned Kelly says:

    I’ve banned him for insulting me.

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