A journalist who backed an imprisoned anti-corruption crusader has gone on trial in eastern China in what his lawyer yesterday called a possible attempt to punish him for his activism.
Former newspaper editor Li Changqing (
However, lawyer Mo Shaoping (
Huang was sentenced in November to life in prison on bribery and embezzlement charges that supporters said were trumped up by officials fearing exposure.
"On the surface, there is no relationship between these two different cases. But it is really hard to say," Mo told reporters.
No verdict has been announced following Thursday's hearing at the Gulou District Court in the eastern city of Fuzhou, Mo said.
Li has been in detention since February last year. If found guilty, he will likely receive a sentence of less than five years, Mo said.
Li had been deputy news director of the Fuzhou Daily, a newspaper in Fujian Province where Huang was a county party secretary.
Authorities believed that Li actually authored Huang's letter to the People's Daily, in which Huang described having to wear a bulletproof vest after receiving death threats, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.