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US criticises China over Nobel winner relative

Published on Jun 13, 2013 6:24 AM
 
Liu Xia, wife of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, cries in a car outside Huairou Detention Center where her brother Liu Hui has been jailed in Huairou district, on the outskirts of Beijing, China, Sunday, June 9, 2013. The United States on Wednesday criticised China for handing an 11-year prison term to the brother-in-law of Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo and called on Beijing to free the writer and his wife. -- FILE PHOTO: AP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States on Wednesday criticised China for handing an 11-year prison term to the brother-in-law of Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo and called on Beijing to free the writer and his wife.

A court in Beijing sentenced Liu Hui for alleged fraud in connection with a real estate deal. The sentence was handed on Sunday just after US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping ended a closely watched summit.

State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said that the United States "is deeply concerned" over the sentencing of Liu Hui.

"We urge Chinese authorities to release Liu Xiaobo, as well as his wife Liu Xia, immediately and to guarantee Liu Xiaobo and his family members the protections and freedoms to which they are entitled under China's international human rights obligations and commitments," she said in a statement.

 
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