JUNE 9 - The brother-in-law of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo is jailed for 11 years on charges of fraud, activists say his case was trumped up. Andrew Raven reports.
A Chinese court has jailed the brother-in-law of one of China's leading dissidents. The verdict, handed down here on Sunday, sparked outrage among rights activists. They say the case was trumped up and is part of official retribution on the Liu family. Liu Hui was sentenced to 11 years in jail on charges of fraud. He is the brother-in-law of Liu Xiaobo, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and critic of China's one-party rule. In a rare interview, Liu Xiaobo's wife condemned the verdict. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) WIFE OF IMPRISONED NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER LIU XIAOBO, LIU XIA, SAYING: "For over two years, my family and I have already endured so much hardship. You could not imagine. This is a country which says it is open and has the rule of law. I have completely lost hope. I don't have a shred of confidence, a shred of hope, in this government." Several European diplomats attended the court hearing and expressed concern with the verdict. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FIRST SECRETARY OF POLITICAL AFFAIRS AT THE EUROPEAN UNION DELEGATION IN CHINA, RAPHAEL DROSZEWSKI, SAYING: "The EU in concerned that Liu Hui's prosecution and conviction may have been linked to the situation of his sister Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's wife." Liu Xiaobo, a long-time dissident involved in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, was jailed for 11 years in 2009.