Blind activist's nephew faces death in China
Blind activist Chen Guangcheng's nephew has been arrested and charged with intentional homicide which carries the death sentence, a rights group said on Saturday.world Updated: May 13, 2012 00:38 IST
Blind activist Chen Guangcheng's nephew has been arrested and charged with intentional homicide which carries the death sentence, a rights group said on Saturday.
Chen Kegui was arrested by earlier this week possibly for his role in defending himself when authorities had raided his home in the Yinan county in the Shandong province in the aftermath of Chen's dramatic escape from house arrest days earlier.
The US-based ChinaAid said in a statement: "According to Chinese law, Chen Kegui could face the death sentence if convicted. Due to the circumstances of the case, it is unlikely that Chen Kegui will get a fair trial."
Quoting one of Chen Kegui's lawyers, Liu Weiguo, the rights body said the charge stems from a government raid on the home of Chen Guangcheng's brother, Chen Guangfu, on the night of April 26.
"Chen Guangfu's son, Chen Kegui, was awakened by the noise of his parents being beaten up. He grabbed a knife and walked out of his room, and was immediately attacked and beaten up as well. In self-defense, he wounded three of his attackers, all of whom were government officials. He is now being held in the Yinan county detention center," the statement said.
In a Friday May 11 phone conversation with ChinaAid chief Bob Fu, Chen Guangcheng said: "I appeal to the central government to take honest and credible concrete measures to stop these illegal and barbaric actions of the Shandong authorities against my family members, including my nephew Chen Kegui, my brother Chen Guangfu and my sister-in-law Ren Zongju. There is no doubt that the Shandong authorities are acting out of revenge because of my escape from my house."
Chen Guangcheng, whose escape and subsequent stay at the US embassy grabbed international headlines last week, had earlier said he feared for his family.
"Now they're going crazy with reprisals," Chen told Reuters in a telephone interview from a Beijing hospital where he is being treated for injuries suffered during his escape. "In fact, they've already started taking revenge."