State of Control

Ann E Kent

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    HU JIA's wife was bathing their six-week-old daughter in their flat at a Beijing apartment complex called Freedom City when 20 police burst in. The police cut Hu's internet and phone connections and dragged him from the fourth-floor apartment where he and his wife, Zeng Jinyan, had been under virtual house arrest for much of the past two years a legal status that made their daughter, Qianci, possibly China's youngest political prisoner. Hu was taken from Freedom City on December 27 last year. He wasn't formally arrested until January, when he was charged with "subverting state authority". Last week, he faced a three-hour trial in which his lawyer was given 20 minutes to mount a defence. A verdict is expected this week. If convicted, he faces up to five years in jail.
    Original languageEnglish
    No.March 23, 2008
    Specialist publicationThe Age
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


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