Brother-in-law of Chinese Nobel winner jailed for 11 years
HUAIROU (REUTERS) - A Chinese court on Sunday sentenced the brother-in-law of jailed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo to 11 years in prison on charges of fraud in a case that rights activists have called another example of official retribution on the Liu family.
Supporters of Liu Hui say his case was trumped up, aimed at thwarting the increasing attention by the rights community on the plight of Madam Liu Xia, who has remained under house arrest since her husband Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Prize in 2010.
The court in Huairou, a one-hour drive northeast of Beijing, convicted Liu Hui, a manager in a real estate company in the southern city of Shenzhen, on charges of defrauding a man called Zhang Bing of 3 million yuan (S$610,860) with another colleague, lawyer Mo Shaoping told reporters.
Liu Hui has maintained his innocence, according to his lawyers.