Aug. 16 - The brother-in-law of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo loses an appeal to end his jail sentence. Julie Noce reports.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL A court in Beijing Friday rejected an appeal from the brother-in-law of Noble Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo to end an 11 year prison sentence. Liu Hui was charged with fraud in June for allegedly defrauding another man of three million yuan ($490,000 USD). Liu has always maintained his innocence. Representatives from the European Union, who were not allowed inside the court, said the ruling could be politically motivated. (SOUNDBITE) (English) COUNSELLOR OF POLITICAL AFFAIRS SECTION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION DELEGATION IN CHINA CHARLES PARTON SAYING: "Liu Hui's prosecution and conviction may have been linked to the situation of Liu Xiaobo and his sister, Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's wife, and therefore may be politically motivated. The EU would like to recall the great importance it attaches to respect for human rights all over the world, the situation of human rights defenders, and of their family members." Liu's sister Liu Xia - who is married to Liu Xiaobo- has been under house arrest herself since her husband was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in October of 2010. Liu Xiaobo, a veteran dissident involved in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, was jailed for 11 years in 2009 for organising a petition urging the overthrow of the one-party rule.