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Chinese dissident’s kin to face fraud trial

HONG KONG — The brother-in-law of Liu Xiaobo, China’s jailed Nobel Peace Prize recipient, is likely to face trial soon on fraud charges that a lawyer for the family said Friday lacked sufficient evidence and that supporters said appeared to be an effort to deter Liu’s wife from defying house arrest.

Liu was sentenced to 11 years in prison on subversion charges in late 2009 after helping to organize a petition that urged uprooting one-party rule through a sweeping democratic transformation. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, prompting vehement denunciations from China’s Communist Party. Previously, he had been jailed for supporting the 1989 prodemocracy demonstrations.

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