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Search Results Detail for 'Liu Xiaobo'
Personal Details
CECC Record Number: 2004-03114   Ethnic Group: Han?
Detention Status: DEC-ill   Sex: M
Issue Category: spch   Age at Detention: 52
Main Name: Liu Xiaobo   Religion:
Chinese Characters (Main Name): 刘晓波 Occupation: professor, literature
Alternate Name (Lay or Pen):   Affiliation:
Additional Name(s):   Residence Province: Beijing Shi (prov.)
Pinyin Name: Liu Xiaobo   Residence Prefecture: Beijing Shi Muni. Urb. Area (pref.)
  Residence County: Haidian Dist.
Imprisonment or Detention Details
Date of Detention: 2008/12/08
Current Prison: Jinzhou Prison
Sentence Length (Years): 11
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Province Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Liaoning Province
Prefecture Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Dalian Shi (pref.)
County Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Jinzhou Dist.
Legal Process
Legal Process: chg/tri/sent-app/dec   Formal Arrest Date: 2009/06/23
Trial Court: Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court   Trial Date: 2009/12/23
Sentence Court: Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court   Sentence Date: 2009/12/25
Appeal Court:   Appeal Date: 2009/12/29
Appeal Ruling Court: Beijing High People's Court   Appeal Ruling Date: 2010/02/11
Charge (Statute): CL97-art105(2)   Sent. Ends Per PRC: 2020/06/21
  Actual Date Released:
Short Summary
On December 25, 2009, the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court sentenced prominent intellectual Liu Xiaobo to 11 years in prison for "inciting subversion of state power." The Beijing High People’s Court denied his appeal on February 11, 2010. Prosecutors said Liu drafted Charter 08, which called for political reform. Liu was also punished for six essays he wrote that were posted on overseas websites. Liu was taken into custody on December 8, 2008. He was kept in residential surveillance under conditions that violated Chinese law and arrested on June 23, 2009. Liu previously was detained in 1989 after the Tiananmen protests and served 3 years reeducation through labor for his writings in 1996. On October 8, 2010, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded Liu the Nobel Peace Prize for 2010. Authorities transferred him to Jinzhou Prison in Liaoning province to serve his sentence. On June 26, 2017, the Liaoning Prison Administrative Bureau announced on its website that Liu was approved for medical parole due to liver cancer. Reports from international media noted that Liu was diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer in late May 2017 with a "grim" prognosis (NYT, 26 June 17; VoA, 26 June 17). The Shenyang Municipal Justice Bureau announced that Liu Xiaobo died on July 13, 2017.