China: Activist charged with subversion of state power goes on trial
Aug.2, Beijing: An activist has gone on trial in Tianjin, as part of a year-long government crackdown on legal activism in China.
More than 300 lawyers and activists have been detained in recent months in China as a part of government crackdown.
Zhai Yanmin is the first of a group of four activists and lawyers to be tried by China for "subverting state power". A prominent lawyer from the same firm, Wang Yu, was released on bail on Monday after a video appeared in which she renounced her legal work, according to the reports.
Observers have said the cases are politically motivated. Human rights groups have called on China to release them.
Zhai, a prominent human rights campaigner whose activism began with the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, is facing a maximum sentence of life in prison.
The Oslo Times International News Network