Chinese activist Chen's nephew charged with murder

Because of western interest in his situation, Chen himself is nearly untouchable. But that apparently doesn't hold for his family. The Guardian: The arrest comes as a senior lawyer defending Chen described to the Guardian how he lost his hearing in a beating by a senior state security official after he tried to visit his client in hospital last week. Chen - a self-trained "barefoot lawyer" - has risen to international prominence since his intrepid escape last month from extrajudicial house arrest cast a harsh light on China's repressive domestic security policies and triggered a flurry of bilateral diplomacy. But while he is now confident of his own safety, fears are growing about his family and lawyers. The activist's nephew Chen Kegui faces a sentence ranging from 10 years in prison to the death penalty after he brandished a meat cleaver at intruders who burst into his home in Linyi, Shandong province, during the search for his uncle. Lawyers say he acted in self-defence and...(Read Full Post)